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Let’s Talk About the sequence of your Goals
☕️ Coffee Sunday, is a discussion about creative careers. I’ll share my firm stance, but just as an opinion and I invite everyone to share their own, ask questions of each other, and my goal is really to get us talking and learning from one another. Today we’re talking about the sequence of your goals.
Don’t be a Donkey
Derek Sivers has a wonderful blog post titled Don’t be a Donkey, it’s an illustration about doing one thing at a time by having foresight and patience.
“If you’re thirty now and have six different directions you want to pursue, then you can do each one for ten years and have done all of them by the time you’re ninety. It seems ridiculous to plan to age ninety when you’re thirty, right? But it’s probably coming, so you might as well take advantage of it.”
He illustrates this with this story:
“Buridan’s donkey is standing halfway between a pile of hay and a bucket of water. It keeps looking left and right, trying to decide between hay and water. Unable to decide, it eventually dies of hunger and thirst.”
It’s hard to choose I get it.
There are so many interesting passions we can pursue.
But by trying to tackle too many we actually handicap ourselves.
Imagine, your website focuses on selling art prints, but your X/Twitter says you’re an aspiring writer. And when I click on your Instagram I see pictures of your daily relationship comics.
And on LinkedIn, you’re in charge of the finance of a tech startup.
You’re sending potential clients away confused.
Imagine every link on your Link-tree clearly said; What you do.
“I make Children’s Book illustrations”
And it was consistent everywhere the client looked. You’ve passed the first hurdle, you’ll be put into a bucket of, when I need this, this person seems reliable. The only way you can do this is if you make a choice.
When I made the choice to be a Children’s Book Illustrator, the hardest part was updating my LinkedIn, signaling to a network that I spend a decade building that I was no longer available in my former capacity, but was embarking on a new adventure.
I was offered my first Children’s Book the same week.
”There are some games that only allow you to play if you decide to go all in”
- Jordan Peterson
“A single trade can feed a family, 6 trades can’t even support one’s self”
- Og Mandino
I’m saying let’s do it all one thing at a time, perhaps one decade at a time.
Okay, so this is the discussion… does this ring true to you? Do you have contrary examples or stories? How do you see it?
PS: In my extra newsletter/section for paid subscribers, I write briefly about how I sequence, days, weeks, years, and decades.