Why I love the concept of a portfolio career
Life is not linear. Why should your career be?
The main question I get in my life is, “How do you do so much?”. I’ve been getting this question ever since I left high school back in 2018. My response to that question has not changed to this very day.
“It’s because I love progress.”
If you know me, you know that I am a massive sports fanatic. I’ve learned some of the greatest lessons in life from sports. As it goes, I also see life through a sporting context.
For me, life is about being ambitious, and leveling up. We have so many hobbies, interests, and innate desires, but we let them cascade down a waterfall of no return because of laziness, lack of motivation, and direction. That concept to be is very debilitating. I decided very early on that I don’t want that. I don't want to have regret in my life.
And so to emulate every top performance elite sportsperson, I eye out opportunities based on some fundamental principles that I hold dear to me.
📚 What can I learn from this experience?
👨🏽🏫 How can I add value to someone else’s life from this experience?
😺 How can I feel better about myself from learning this experience?
This trio of questions are my ‘WHY’ to pursuing a portfolio career.
A career that deviates away from the one-dimensional ‘I am an X and I use the weekend to rest away from the X’ and moving towards ‘I am an X and Y, and I also enjoy doing Z during my day offs’.
That’s where I believe the truest and purest form of fulfillment comes from. When you allow yourself to take the leap of faith, and pursue your goals, even if they are on two opposite ends of a spectrum.
For instance, my days can start off me writing this blog, and poetry in the morning, before starting my day job as a consultant, and then speaking at an event as I continue my public speaking career after work, before ending the night at the gym or with mates in the cricket nets. That to me is my ideal life. The prospect of progress in those aspects of my life that I value gives me energy beyond any caffeinated supplement.
But it doesn’t stop there. On weekends for instance (the days we often seek to run away from the perils of the weekdays), can involve me having my morning boxing lessons, before spending a few hours organizing my Calendar before I grab a seat in front of my computer and deliver public speaking coaching sessions for my clients, before I do admin work on scheduling content for LinkedIn and other platforms for the week ahead, before ending the night with undivided family and friends time. That’s a typical Sunday for me.
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Work ethic is enjoyable. A lifestyle of progress like this has also helped me look at life through a holistic lens. Finding method and balance in the depths of chaos.
As one of my favorite authors Naval Ravikant has beautifully articulated:
“I’m always ‘working.’ It looks like work to them, but it feels like play to me.”
Consistency in this department has led to what is known as a portfolio career, and I wouldn't have it any other way.