Developing your niche

    The website of the guy behind this post is a bit too heavy on the self-marketing for my liking, but I did like the diagram in this post about developing rather than ‘finding’ your niche.

    The diagram is contrasted with the kind of Ikigai approach you usually see which, he points out, doesn’t tell you where to actually start.

    First, you need to take a courageous leap.

    You need to ignore the negative voices of self-doubt, and you need to ignore feelings of “imposter syndrome.”

    Next, you need to begin exploring the odd thing(s) you find fascinating. I call this phase, the “Zone of Fascination.”

    Next, you must find a congregation of people who share your irrational fascination. For myself, I found this in r/Zettelkasten.

    After this, you need to exit the congregation and go deeper than anyone else in a specific area. You must undergo three challenges. Think of these as “quests” in a hero’s journey.

    Source: It’s Not about Finding Your Niche, It’s about Developing Your Niche | Scott P. Scheper

    Space of possibilities

    In Andrew Curry’s latest missive, his ‘two things’ are Climate and Business. The diagram below is actually from the latter section, but I think it’s actually also very relevant for the former.

    At his Roblog blog, Rob Miller has a short and engaging post on why businesses fail over time. I’m not sure it’s right, but it’s certainly interesting, and he tells the story through three diagrams.

    He argues—following the work of Jens Rasmussen—that successful businesses operate in a safe space that sits between economic failure, on one side, lack of safety, on another, and overload, on a third.

    Source: 4 May 2022. Climate | Business - Just Two Things

    At the end of the day, everything in life is a 'group project'

    Everything is a group project

    I like to surround myself with doers, people who are happy, like me, to roll their sleeves up and get stuff done. Unfortunately, there’s plenty of people in life who seem to busy themselves with putting up roadblocks and finding ways why their participation isn’t possible.

    Source: Indexed