In a tiny career, and really any career, it's important to be engaged with the work you do. It's important that you are ever-curious about the subject matter you're engaged in, otherwise, you will tire of it, and that defeats part of the sustainability aspect of a tiny career. Now that doesn't mean you can only pick one interest and never evolve or change that interest. Rather, it's about keeping your interest long enough to dig into the subject so you don't constantly jump to something new causing you to continuously start over -- unless that's your goal and you can figure out a way to monetize that. Personally, I want to be engaged in work that I can continuously be a student of while earning an income from it. I love to constantly uncover and discover new things about the pursuits I'm passionate about.
Calling one's self an expert implies that you've completely mastered something, so I don't fully believe in that term, rather I want to continually strive for mastery knowing full-well that there are always new things to learn and discover. It's a subtle, yet distinct difference that doesn't put a cap or end point on your endeavor, which allows for a long relationship with your passion(s), which will benefit your motivation when times are tough.
Posted by Nick Venturella
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