As part of The Unstuck Project, I’ve been talking to a lot of people about being stuck. They’ve gifted me with incredible honesty, wisdom and vulnerability as they’ve talked about some of the toughest times in their lives. This is, without question, the most fascinating and fulfilling project I’ve ever worked on.
It’s still early days, I’m still less than halfway to my goal of 100 interviews, but some patterns are already emerging. Primarily, that stuckness is pervasive, personal and perplexing (but not in the way you think).
Stuck is Pervasive
It has not been difficult to find interview subjects for The Unstuck Project. About 95% of the people I ask agree to give me 45 minutes of their time without hesitation. Recently, perfect strangers have been volunteering for interviews t...
The first thing you should know about me is that I've had a squiggly career.
And that's a good thing.
In his book, Control, Alt, Delete, Mitch Joel says that a squiggly career is the new normal. It used to be you'd start a job at a big company and then work your way up, and then eventually out into a blissful retirement.
It looked something like this.
For a lot of people, that's not the way it works anymore. And I for one, am glad. You see, I get bored easily. Hence all the squiggles.
I think my boredom problem stems from growing up in a large family. I'm the seventh of eight kids and I think growing up with so many other people affects you in a few ways.
One, you get so used to constant action and chaos, you get bored easily. And I think too, it made me kind of pushy. You don'...