Jun 6, 2022·edited Jun 6, 2022Liked by Paul Millerd

I'm in year 17 and these past 5 years of "mode discovery" represent the most stable I felt (between 2013 and 2017 I changed jobs 5 times). The most honest answer I have to the question "What do you do" is "I'm still figuring it out (and I like it)".

It's counterintuitive for most (we tend to associate stability with working between the bounds of a company, an office, a role, a career path and so on), but —apart from a 3-year-run- I never worked at a company for more than a year before becoming an independent consultant.

I always had doubts about narrowing myself down to a mission statement and a selected target: as much as advice and strategies like the ones from Jonathan Stark (https://jonathanstark.com/) made sense to me, I never felt like it applied to me.

I think that type of narrowing down can work for people who basically go from one corporate job to the freelance version of it: that's wasn't my experience thougt, as I went for a completely different path.

I'm definitely using a part of my consulting the way Critchlow describe it, as a way to fuel some future and experimental work, pinning myself down to the work I do today would be a strategic mistake although it's tempting to be instantly recognized as the "[Something] Guy" (as we people in consulting very well know, what is trendy today —in my case, "Agile"— won't be trendy tomorrow, you gotta stay light on your feet).

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