This week, I read and considered two lengthy articles on career planning: Wait But Why’s guide to picking a career, and Marc Andreessen’s guide to career planning. This was a lot of content to go over, but I’m really glad I took the time to sit down with the material. Regardless of where you are in life—whether you’re just starting your career, looking to make a change, or happily employed with no plans of going anywhere—there’s a lot of great insight to be had, particularly in the Wait But Why guide.
Next, I considered four questions:
- What is one insight from this week’s content on approaching your career that you strongly agree with?
- What is one insight from this week’s content that you disagree with or feel doesn’t apply to you?
- What’s one item on your top shelf of the priority shelf (Wait But Why essay)?
- What’s one item on the bottom shelf of your priority shelf (Wait But Why essay)?
And finally, I shot a video sharing the answers.
This project stretched me in many ways. I haven’t spent much time with a video camera, either in front of or behind it. At first, I tried to set up a small “studio” of sorts in my basement. I commandeered some random lights from around the house, moved some furniture to give myself a blank wall, and added a couple very staged props. It (obviously) didn’t work. After spending a few minutes staring at my script in frustration, I wandered into my backyard, set up my phone on a tripod, sat down on a rotten log, and started talking.
Aside from realizing I probably should invest in an inexpensive light kit if I’m going to shoot videos inside, I learned that sometimes (dare I say most times?) trying to force something to be what it is not (in this case, my basement into a video studio) will almost always end in frustration and failure—and blind us to possibilities and solutions that already exist.