- Quiz: Is my book meant for you?
- Why start an extra-marital career?
- Step 1. Make a shitty start
- Cut the crap. Give me some practical advice! (How to start?)
- Step 2. You are what you want to be
- How step 2 (telling the universe) helps you?
- Step 3. What’s hard work got to do with it?
- How to work hard, work smart
Here’s what you have achieved so far:
- You have made a start (Step 1)
- You have started believing in yourself (Step 2)
- You are working hard at your dreams (Step 3)
You have done so much already!
Then why the hell is pursuing an unconventional career still so hard !
Well, it is hard because of a simple reason:
There is SOMEONE who is always trying to make sure you stick to the conventional path!
After reading this, you might be nodding your head in agreement, and thinking, “Yes, there was someone! In fact there were many such people.” And you start counting the various people who have diverted you from your unconventional career path.
Think you have pin-pointed the guilty parties? Well, think again…
Putting blame on others is easy. And yes, the opinion and advice of others does influence us in the choice of our careers. But when it comes to the active avoidance of unconventional careers, there is someone else who plays a much more important role. Someone much more sinister. Someone who has remained absolved of blame… at least till now.
Meet Mr. Groucho
Mr. Groucho is the person who will always grumble when you think of doing anything out of the ordinary. Mr. Groucho will always advise you to take the safe path.
But who is this Mr. Groucho? Well, Mr Groucho is very easy to spot.
Mr. Groucho is YOU!
He is the voice in your head who warns you whenever anything out of the ordinary happens. Now, don’t get me wrong. In many situations, Mr. Groucho may be right. He may help you by warning you of imminent danger in a very risky situation.
However Mr. Groucho also hates it when you contemplate an unconventional career. So if you do want to pursue an out-of-the-ordinary career, the greatest battle you have to win is right in your own backyard — your mind.
YOU are the one who wants an unconventional career in the first place. And YOU are also the one constantly warning yourself against it.
Your biggest enemy (Mr. Groucho) is YOU!
Mr. Rancho — the other voice in your head
To make things easier to visualize, let’s name the adventurous voice in your head as Mr. Rancho. Mr. Rancho is always up for something new. He is always seeking thrills. He does not seek affirmation from society; he has a will of his own.
Of course, Mr. Rancho might be overconfident sometimes and can make incorrect assumptions of your capabilities. It is up to you to choose which voice in your head to trust.
It’s a constant battle — Mr. Groucho vs. Mr. Rancho
When it comes to the pursuit of unconventional careers, you might need to consider the voice of Mr. Rancho more seriously. Remember that Mr. Groucho will always advise you to take the safe path. And in many cases, the opinion and advice of others will only reinforce Mr. Groucho’s advice. As you can see, Mr. Groucho has an overwhelming advantage in this battle.
And what about Mr. Rancho? While you spend all your energies and time in the pursuit of conventionally successful degrees, careers and ambitions, all Mr. Rancho can do is to pop up in your head from time to time and remind you — “Hey, didn’t you want to do something more with your life? What about that desire that you nursed as a child to write a book, paint a masterpiece, or go on that globetrotting adventure?”
Never discount that adventure-seeking voice in your head. You must realize that both these voices are part of you. And if you truly desire to pursue an unconventional career, you must be able to surmount the overcautious and overanxious emotions within you.
Do realize that this battle is not going to be easy.
Mr. Groucho can undertake devious means to make sure that you follow the conventional path. But then, there are some tricks that can help you win this battle. Stay tuned for the next chapter to find out.
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