The virality of this conversation across LinkedIn and Medium shows how deeply the concept has resonated with people.
And I can understand why.
Most of Chris Tottman’s points struck close to home for me.
I’ll briefly pull out a couple before hitting my own confession.
My curiosity and dislike of the well-trodden path mean that I am averse to the idea of a job for life and all the trappings of it.
#3. High Creative Output
I am brimming with new ideas and always have some form of personal project on the go. However, I’ve got to get better at completing and monetising them!
#4. Own Boss
I have a deep-seated need for control of my work and life in general. Autonomy and freedom are key tenets of my life.
#7. Restless – prone to multiple careers, verticals and j curves
I am always looking at the next thing. Honing this instinct and forcing myself to finish tasks before the next one has been a key project of recent years.
Yes. My distrust of the herd mentality folly runs deep.
#15. Obsessive Nature
When I find a problem that captivates me. I can’t let it go. I’ve got solutions to problems that have been bubbling away on the stove for a decade.
So, it’s time for my very own #linkybrain confession:
- My curiosity is like a black hole, slowly pulling everything in the universe towards it.
- I AM ALWAYS DAYDREAMING.
- I see problems, and therefore opportunities, e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.
- I am unsatisfied with my achievements to date, even though people advise me otherwise.
- A stable job doing the same thing for life is my own version of hell.
- If I am not working on something risky, new, and potentially world-changing, I lose interest almost immediately.
- I am a voracious reader.
- Many people have told me that I am the hardest person on myself that they have ever met.
- I cannot stop having new ideas. The flow is relentless.
- I work best in an empty room in silence. Libraries are my heaven.
- I am both an introvert and extrovert.
- My desire to empathise with other people means that I can see and hold multiple viewpoints at once. This can often make it confusing to choose a side of the argument or make a decision.
- Inefficiencies and illogical legacy issues enfuriate me.
- Deep down I feel I can do anything (except give birth, obvs).
- All conversations with me will drift towards the deep and meaningful if left unchecked.
- People who are not altruistic scare me.
- I will never understand how people cannot be curious.
- Historically I left many projects unfinished.
- I frequently wonder whether I’m working on the wrong project or if I will ever finish anything.
- I instinctively distrust something that is trending. (Yes, even this #linkybrains fiasco!).
- My mind is a battleground in the war against perfectionism.
- I believe there is no such thing as a bored person, only a boring one.