“If I were actually smart, then I would…”

… not be working this job.

… be the person who’s my boss right now.

… be making a lot more money.

When framed like this, thoughts are an end point; because you’re not smart enough, you’re not going to do it. In other words, you can’t. 

That’s one way to appraise your work, self, and abilities. It’s also not the only way.

That thought isn’t an end point; it’s a starting point. Whether you’re smart or dumb doesn’t matter, what matters is you actually received an insight: you know what you want to do, or what you don’t want to do. 

You know what you want to run towards, or what you want to run away from. 

That’s a starting point.

If you don’t want to work this job, what would you prefer to do for work? (If the list is long, and you want to be decisive and spontaneous, just pick six and roll the dice.)

If you think you deserve more responsibility at your workplace, then start gathering evidence and making a case for yourself. Also, start looking outside of your workplace.

If you want to make more money, then learn business and start a simple business; either arbitraging services, or a simple ecommerce store, or something else.

When in doubt, find someone you admire, and imitate them. Work backwards from where they are; in the process of figuring out their path and following what you think their footsteps are, you’ll also discover your own process. Find what works for you.

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