Jobs for dilettantes?
January 18, 2013 7:21 AM Subscribe
I have bright-burning short-lived interests in many things, mostly around technology and writing. I admit it: I'm a dilettante. Is there any way I can turn this weakness into a strength?
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I am interested in all sort of things related to science and technology, and I love to write fiction and non-fiction. My problem is that I have poor follow-through, and one shiny thing replaces the next.
For example: a few months ago I read several books on cosmology, but then got distracted from that when I learned there is a whole culture on the internet around building your own semi-autonomous flying drone. From there I wrote probably 30K words of notes for a young adult book, but I haven't written much of the book itself yet because I've been trying to work through some of the Code Academy stuff on using APIs. And so on and so on.
At work, I can combat this tendency enough that I can focus on and deliver projects, and I am reasonably successful in my area. And in the past, I have actually started and finished two books, which I self-published to limited but not zero success. I know I need to stick with things, so I focus on an important few and just tough it out. But I find it exhausting.
What I would like though is a way of taking advantage of my tendency for broad shallow knowledge rather than always fighting it, so I could use what limited reserves of focus I have for the stuff I really care about like writing and learning to code. One possible way forward I see is that I love training people and coaching them, and there are opportunities in that sphere within my company that I could explore. I see this working well as I can help people with their stuff, connect it to the other broad stuff I know, and then walk away to the next person or assignment without requiring the sort of follow-through needed to actually deliver a project.
But I am open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!