Minimalism is Good for All Your Personas
Here’s the thing: I’ve had four different professional careers over the past 35 years, some of which are still going. Each one has had its requisite equipment, workspace, tools, and wardrobe. Each one was a sort of identity. It is not simple, frugal, nor minimal to juggle four different professional personas. That’s just plain cluttered, isn’t it? It’s not ADHD, just what sorta came about by taking the path of least resistance in different periods of my life and the times. But now the times are different still and I want to cut to the chase.
So what I’ve done is to step back from each of them, and assess what is no longer working and what possibly can still survive. Profession #1 is in a saturated market; profession #2 is no longer physically feasible but the knowledge is still there; profession #3 is most beloved but also most fragile; profession #4 is the newest, paying some of the bills, but is quickly becoming another physically unsustainable practice.
So I ask myself :
what do these four professions share, apart from me, myself, and I? They are all creative, and I’ve done them all on a professional level.
In what way can they be pursued without physical or spatial stress? The knowledge can be shared in written & visual form.
What cash outlay will this require?
What kind of space requirements?
One table’s worth.
How to make a living from it?
Learn from others who know how to make this kind of thing work in this day and age.
So….put it all together into a single profession, and it adds up to writing about each area of experience/expertise. (My mother always said I’d end up making it as a writer….) So far, I’ve begun the “empire building kit,” and have also signed on to the “blogging bootcamp.” i’ve downloaded ebooks, both free and purchased, and consulted in person with trusted specialists whose expertise I will need in photography, videos, blogging, marketing, adsense, etc., etc. I’ve already been blogging for several years, and have two other blogs, each related to a different area of work. It is time to put it all together into ONE coherent whole.
In the end it will come down to an age-old, minimalist, simple, frugal, and uncluttered old saying: write what you know. Jeez it’s taken me a long time to get back around to that!
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