an interesting attempted snub I’ve seen of people who make a living outside traditional jobs is that they are trying to get away with doing less work

if it were truly less work, why do most people do traditional jobs? 🤔
In my experience talking with dozens of artists, entrepreneurs, streamers, etc, I’ve found Borges to be correct: a poet never rests. He is working even when he is dreaming. It is *continuous* work. That’s how we choose to live. Practically all of us walked away from simpler jobs
If you think being an artist or creator is easier than working a job where there’s an existing structure for you to plug into, I highly recommend that you try it yourself for a year and report your findings
What is an employer’s function? To be a legible proxy for the market. They abstract away the chaos and complexity and provide you with a relatively stable, predictable environment. If the company has product-market fit, the hardest challenge has already been taken care of
If you think that your job is harder than achieving product-market fit, again, you should quit your job and start a company because achieving product-market is incredibly lucrative and you’ll have to swat away people knocking on the door with briefcases of cash

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"what do you want to get out of this?"

"how will you measure your progress?"

"what's the next step?"

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