Occasionally Asked Questions
Generally speaking, I call what I do “Value Mining.” Anyone can do it! Value Mining is capitalizing on what ever we feel compelled to do. Our life is a giant creative effort, and anything that happens has value in it; we just need to find it (and mine it). Sitting around watching movies all day may seem useless…but what if you started a movie review blog? Or got inspired to write a screen play? There is value in nearly everything!
This allows me to be who I am, do as I do, and enjoy what that looks like. And with some extra effort and creativity, I can extract the value in my experiences and expressions in an attempt to make a living.
Here’s my advice: don’t fall for the, “you’re making an investment for the future,” bullshit if you hate your schooling experience. Just do it differently. Your teacher sucks? Drop the class. So consumed with work that it impedes your ability to take advantage of what school has to offer? Go part time. Still feel like the services the University provides are not worth your money? Look into alternative options. Don’t just boar through the pain because someone promised you a bright future. Since I told you now, I have permission to laugh at you when you graduate in debt and can’t even find a job.
Take an intern wage, double it, and go bid on some development projects on oDesk or Elance. You will still be undercutting everyone, can work from home, have your own schedule, and make twice as much. Hmm, after that discovery I decided I will never be an “intern” again.
Oh and I forgot the most important element: my ability to fail. I am proud to say that I fail all the time; failure doesn’t scare me. In fact, its my most important tool for learning. Constantly trying to avoid failure can become paralyzing. This fear severely slows down the learning process, and forces people to color within the lines. Succeeding is nice too though…most people aren’t too afraid of that though.