👋 Hey there,
What’s good on your side? Everything is flowing over here. And it just feels like the perfect timing to write about what has changed in my life over the past two years or so.
No, this is not an ego exercise. The trigger to share my experience was being aware that many people are going through similar processes. I hope this may be helpful for some of you.
That said, read it at your peril; it’s risky and most suitable for people who see life as an infinite game. People that don’t play to win, but to play better games. Also, never forget that what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.
All set? Buckle up, and enjoy the ride.
Two years ago, my life changed radically, both at the personal and professional levels. A long and deeply meaningful relationship had ended, and my design agency didn’t survive the pandemic.
As someone influenced by Stoic philosophy, I soon realized that the obstacle was the way. It was time for a new beginning.
So I took a sabbatical to reflect on my life so far. It was probably the best decision I’ve ever made. Not only did I unlock many repressed memories from the past, but I also decided to fully embrace my purpose (helping people to grow), weirdness, and an endless hunger for new challenges.
That led to working as an independent consultant, not accepting long-term commitments for some time, and not following any conventions about what a professional identity should be.
Being both a proud generalist and a creator, the so-called creator economy seemed like a good place to start — but I soon began to feel a bitter-sweet taste.
On one side, I buy the idea of providing different services and having a diversified set of revenue streams; on the other, the “magic creators formula” to focus on one niche clashed with my identity and drive. I feed off of diversity, and just the thought of exclusively working on a narrow area bores me to death.
Also, I had one big problem to solve first; my personal and professional connections see me through different lenses — the product guy, the learning guy, the collaboration guy, and even the tech guy. I needed to center myself.
After many hours of reflection and long conversations, the result can be summed up in a simple diagram.