We should get back to your advice, because I think there’s actually a good thing in there that’s way bigger than my criticism.
The main bit of advice is “signal outside the box”.
“Don’t submit your resume to companies where your virtues are illegal.”
Where do masculine-brained people go in our society? Other than fentanyl, I mean.
brainstorm: consulting (as job role within their field), crypto-speculation,
I suppose there are two salient features of my brain: overmasculinization and lateral thinking. I have to hit both of those.
and that’s a tricky balance to hit because overmasculinization can lead to tunnel vision
Right, they don’t often go together.
As much as I would like to be an accountant I wouldn’t get along with the other accountants.
i wonder how hard it is to get a private pilot’s license and fly rich people around
You basically have to be former military for that job.
Because they want the best pilots, and the good ones who remain are former military pilots.
sales is of course, applicable to everything, but what to sell? guns and bunkers? boats? big fancy houses?
I would have to sell to extremely masculine customers, so that determines what product.
That might create the demand, but I haven’t noticed steroids producing the masculine mindset.
still, you’d have to tell me how much lateral thinking you use in sales
I have to figure that’s more true for selling to high-level VIP business types than for ordinary B2B or whatever
or, I guess that’s the same thing?
I’m past the boundaries of my knowlege and experience here
How much do you care for me to get into those questions?
if it helps to brainstorm good fields for overmaculinization, lateral thinking, and future growth
I was a terrible salesman, but I cobbled together a pretty good understanding of it.
well it’s never a great idea to lean into one’s weaknesses
the yin/yang approach is to see how your weaknesses are strengths in the right context
Well, it’s never a bad idea to review what your strengths and weaknesses actually are.
I’ll do a top 3 approach to keep it realz on the ztreetz.
It would help me a lot if you gave your opinion, even if it’s based on limited information. It tells me what people think of my internet affect.
My #1 weakness is being a loser at age 34. That hurts me in every selection process that involves preselection.
I could explain it as being a late bloomer, etc., but none of those explanations change it.
based on internet affect i’d say strengths are structured thinking (i.e. forming plans and carrying them out, such as for triathalons and such), as well as forecasting and good judgement
the tricky thing is the latter qualities get more important with posiitons of senior responsibility, but aren’t weighted at all in early career sorts of things
Agreed. Another thing I’m very good at is communicating.
Written and spoken both. Maybe a bit less in areas that require communicating while also massaging the truth, which matters more as you go up the hierarchy.
It’s easy to tell a CEO that his company needs to improve something. It’s harder to express how important it is without hurting feelings.
Yeah, eveyrthing at a certain point requires politics/social skills
Call that weakness #2.
I observed just now that there may be a shadow function at play.
I’ve mentioned before that nothing bothers me more than heedlessness and shifting responsibility, but my greatest weaknesses can both be described as those in a fashion.
yes. what we despise most in others is also what we despise most in ourselves
I’m a late bloomer specifically because I’ve been socially heedless.
Weakness #3 is anti-materialism.
So to sum up…
- Good at big-picture value judgments
- Good at analytical planning
- Good at objective communication
- Bad at credibility
- Bad at appealing to subjective interests
- Bad at material success
Where does a person like that belong, other than a street corner?
to me the natural role looks like some sort of advisor type role to a business/political executive type
a vizier-type person
That’s effectively how I see myself.
the tricky bit is getting you there
Hell, I was probably born to be a butler.
“Don’t trust the catwoman, Master Wayne”
“More to the point, Master Wayne, when and not if you have your rendevous, do it at her place.”
(Because she’ll case the joint.)
(And because we want to be clear this is a mistress, not the co-heir to your fortune.)
See, I’d be a great butler.
The only thing I can think of is software critic.
Could turn that into a substack fairly easily.
that’s an idea
The trouble there is I lack the needed expertise and won’t have it for a while.
But long term, that’s probably the way to go.
Short-term, maybe superforecasting in the business of software.
“Chances of a Facebook outage in 2022.”
I already have as much ability to do that as anybody.
With a few exceptions, we’re talking about extreme outliers to begin with.
not sure how much superforecasting is a pliable short-term plan, but if you can establish a reputation as being good at it there have to benefits in the medium- to long-term
The big thing in its favor is it’s a consumer product, so many potential customers.
I mean, 100 subscribers pays the rent.
And if I focused on analyzing business models to begin with instead of the software itself, I could tie it into the stonk craze in the short term.
no idea how feasible the online entrepreneur game is but it could be something
Online entrepreneurs are a dying breed in the age of straight-up grifters.
Who would pay for a PUA seminar in 2022?
gotta start to ride the next wave
“How to meet HB10 e-girls in the metaverse”
We’re superforecasters now, people take our predictions seriously.
Fortunately, everyone is a hot, barely legal teen on the internet