Going back to a dry well, thinking there’s water

I once knew a guy whose chief complaint about his career was:

I’m too good to be this broke. 

It’s a sentiment that always struck me as deeply entitled and sad. Because the truth is, the world doesn’t owe any of us a living. Nobody held a gun to our heads and forced us to start a business. And it’s not the universe’s responsibility to underwrite our deepest career aspirations. 

If you’re still not getting any traction with your work and you’re sick of meandering around all day waiting for the entrepreneurial lightning to strike, here’s an option you might not have considered. 

Quit. Leave. Walk away. Go do something else. 

Change directions proudly. Keep all the parts of your work that you love and let everything else go. Figure out who you were before the world told you who you needed to be, and go find a game that has better odds for you. 

What’s stopping you? Pride? Humiliation? Your unenlightened need for consistency? Your desperate attempt to protect a tidy career narrative? The fear of being labeled a failure? The shame of becoming the kind of person that big shot industry people wonder whatever happened to? 

Please. These feelings are temporary and they will fade like weather patterns. 

However, stubbornly running back to the dry well every single day, hoping there’s water, now that’s a life sentence. 

And there’s nothing noble about choosing to die of thirst. 


How are you practicing being kinder to yourself?

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  



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