… because you’re all over the place.
That’s a direct quote from a friend when I mentioned looking into what it takes to be a CFA over the weekend.
It came as a result of also recently telling her about my interest in copywriting.
And before that I had expressed interest in data science.
So maybe she’s right. Maybe I am all over the place.
Or maybe I have this higher level desire that keeps stumbling into related rabbit holes.
For example, the machine learning and data science interest is still alive and well. It was really a result of adding depth to skills I currently use my in job.
Granted they would be overkill for my job, but I love the idea of actually getting to do some math in my work for once (and use the degree I worked so hard to get!)
Now copywriting actually comes from the serious interest in marketing and psychology that I’ve been ignoring most of my adult life. So why copywriting then? It’s a skill to build. It’s easily measurable. Maybe I’ll create a whole post on why.
And this newest CFA thing? It’s actually a result of doing research for… you guessed it… copywriting.
I’m interested in the financial space for several reasons. I’d like to be in a more sound place financially (who wouldn’t) and as I’m learning to write copy the financial industry is particularly attractive because it pays well but you also get to learn a lot about investment strategies and such… just from doing the work.
So as I was reading about analysts, I wondered what it took to become a chartered financial analyst and low and behold it’s right up my alley.
Do I actually want a charter? Not particularly. But I’d like to know what they know because I think it will make me better at writing about it.
(Hopefully that’s not a flawed assumption.)
The essence of this story though is that it doesn’t matter what people on the outside see and judge you for. What matters is that you know where you’re going and you’ve got a plan to get there.
My wife has been into digital coloring books lately and likes to color inspirational quotes and send them to me.
Yesterday she sent: “There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.”
So what are you buckling down on today? What ‘crazy’ projects are you working on that people might not understand?
Sometimes I wonder if this is one of those moments where they tease you for how you’re working then later have to ask how you did it.
Until tomorrow. We got this.