What a millionaire says when you ask about what they do for a living
Writing February 28, 2022 Wilko van de Kamp
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You might have a job – but you are not your job. It doesn’t define you. In his book Tim Ferriss says that he likes to answer the question “what do you do?” with “I am a drugs dealer”. Knowing some of his history, there’s actually a partial but legal truth to that. But the point is this: he does too many different things to summarize them in one word. Yet often that’s how we respond. When someone asks what we do, we respond with what we think we are – preferably in one word: I’m a banker, mom, barista, consultant, cleaner, sales person, the list goes on – but the conversation quickly dies. Now what do we talk about next?
How do you answer the question? I struggle with it. Like Tim, I enjoy wearing multiple hats and doing many different things in my life. Did you know most millionaires have, on average, 7-8 different streams of income simultaneously? Most of them do a variety of things, more or less surrounding a common theme they’re passionate about. They’re not passionate about the one exclusive daytime job they’re having, but about the multitude of things they do and roles they play that make up their life as a whole – not as a role.
When asked, my answer is usually that I’m an author – since it’s the one thing that often starts a conversation, not ends it. There’s a logical next question: so what did you write about? That opens up the floor to a longer chat about some of the things I’m passionate about and make up the majority of my life: travel, photography, teaching and sharing from my experiences. Being able to say I’m an author is what I enjoy most about having written a few books. Even if you don’t sell any of them it’s a great conversation starter. Writing a book sets you aside from the crowd.
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