My pivot toward value and independence came when I found the right organizations. Most of them are focused in journalism so the art of storytelling and data literacy began to emerge.
I learned this lesson a single pain point at a time. When I didn't pick me, I ended up writing client biased content orchestrated by agency x, pharma company y, or medical education company z.
Earning press credentials provides access to medical and industry conferences--for free. When I was forced to tell sponsors what I was going to write about--I informed them I had no idea. Until I enter the space and have conversations, listen to the lectures or keynotes, or participate in the Q&A how can I possibly know what to write about? But that is how most journalism platforms work. You pitch or get pitched and then get to work. I reject this bias. I pick me. Or better yet, I pick you.
Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted
I now write about healthcare and all the different moving parts. Think of the piles of information and sort them by health policy, health economics, health law, clinical research, or whatever web that wipes across your mind.
We are taught to follow algorithms. Write the manuscript, book, article, or report as instructed. For a while, we comply, until we don't. We finally realize that you can't win by being more average than your competition. Better at following the blueprint. Think about your education or perhaps you have children navigating the educational system.
Watch them dutifully follow rubrics, guidelines, outlines, and doing what they are told. Our educational system is obsolete. We don't need these skills in modern society. We need creators, inventors, innovators--we need insights. If you have an idea of something you want to see in this world--listen to the short podcast by Seth Godin. Tag. You ARE it...
Who are you talking to right now? Who is it you think you see? Do you know how much I make a year? I mean, even if I told you, you wouldn't believe it. Do you know what would happen if I suddenly decided to stop going into work?
A business big enough that it could be listed on the NASDAQ goes belly up. Disappears! It ceases to exist without me. No, you clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger. I am the danger. A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!--Walter White, Breaking Bad