As I wrap up my last month of school ever and enter the “real world” for good, I’ve begun to think carefully about where I’d like to begin my career, or more broadly, how I want to spend my time.
Over the last 2+ years, I’ve devoted myself to making a fairly substantial professional transition from finance to startups. Hundreds of cold emails, thousands of Tweets, and over 100 blog posts later — with unique opportunities at Lowercase, Gumroad, and others along the way — have taught me an immense amount. And, perhaps more importantly, all of these activities have indicated to observers what I care about, what my passions are, what my story is. Consequently, I have acknowledged that whatever I choose to do professionally after graduation will be evaluated in this context. Wherever I go to work after school should be in-line with the current trajectory I’m on if I want people’s perception of me to be consistent with my own.
However, in a more general sense, this concept of amount of time spent on a pursuit indicating one’s level of passion or interest could (or should) be applied to personal endeavors as well. It may seem excessive or overly self-conscious, but how you spend your time — whether it’s Tweeting, exercising, coding, attending sports events — shows others, quite clearly, what matters to you. Being aware that your use of time, whether professional or personal, alters people’s perception of you and provides fodder for the story they’ll craft about you is the first step to ensuring you’re pursuing your passions logically and consistently.