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#ThoughtExperiment – The Net Benefit of Not Being Able to Stomach a ‘Real Job’

Having an aversion to working a ‘real job’ could be a net benefit in cases in which you’re looking to pursue an ‘alternative’ career – eg. an artistic endeavour with a much lower probability of success (eg. making a living), but with fame and higher financial rewards on the upside (music, acting, comedy, writing etc).

Put simply, it forces you to go ‘all in’. It does not allow you to get comfortable in a normal career.

However – it’s only a benefit to those with the talent and drive to pursue their art/high-risk, high-reward occupation. And even amongst those people, luck is a massive factor.

Which means you either succeed or fail spectacularly. You don’t get to live in ‘the middle’. To work in middle management, and live in a nice, middle-sized house, oh no…

As a glib example: you’re either a millionaire entertainer, raking in the royalties or you move from service job to service job, eking out a living whilst you work on your comedy until you die.

The deck is stacked against you, but if it’s what you’re called to, there is no other way, I suppose.

To me, this is the life of the artist – no compromise. All or nothing.

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