#linkybrains — it all started with this post by Doug Scott, then this enlightening piece by Chris Tottman, and this by Alex Dunsdon.
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.
From time to time I publish new business and product ideas on my blog, davidjohnkaye.com. Here is a little list of the ones so far.