Warning: Don’t Become a Blind Technician

You control your work; not the other way around.

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Much of the verbiage and concepts I use is a reference to The E Myth by Michael E. Gerber. The book is all about small business and why 70% of startups fail within 5 years. Although a business read, the notions amend to all types of life.

The worker

I’ll use a freelance writer as an example throughout this article; probably the most applicable here.

  • He pulls up his email and creates a schedule for the day
  • He begins working on his writings / projects
  • Joe continues working until he fulfills all his requirements
  • He sends out a couple of housing keeping emails
  • Joe’s work day is over

Getting technical

Joe is acting as a technician. He’s at a point in his work where there’s a process down pat. He knows his responsibilities, understands the work that needs get done, and has the knowledge / skills to fulfill those tasks.

The problem

Joe is stagnant. He’s doing work every day, hours on end, and it feels like he’s getting somewhere. The reality? He’s on a treadmill. He’s not really going anywhere.

So what

There isn’t anything completely wrong with this kind of work. We need technicians. Without them, nothing would get done and our economy wouldn’t exist.

Getting conceptual

Joe needs to remove himself from the technical work at least once a week, if not more. He can’t drown himself in the detailed, meticulous work. He needs to get conceptual.

  • Proactive rather than reactive
  • Improvement in skill valued over use of skill
  • Build exponential work rather than remain in static work

What about you?

Take the time to consider your own situation. Are you living solely as a technician? Do you need to get more conceptual about your work? If this doesn’t apply to you now, I’m sure the time will come.

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.