The Problem With PG’s Advice On Taking The ‘Two-Job Route’

April 8, 2013 7:24 am

In ‘How To Do What You Love’, PG comes up with two options to get paid for doing work you love:

“One has to make a living, and it’s hard to get paid for doing work you love. There are two routes to that destination:

The organic route: as you become more eminent, gradually to increase the parts of your job that you like at the expense of those you don’t.

The two-job route: to work at things you don’t like to get money to work on things you do.”

While the analysis until this point is great, he goes on to recommend the two-job route if you do not know what you want to work on. This is his advice:

“But if you don’t know what you want to work on, or don’t like to take orders, you may want to take the two-job route, if you can stand the risk.”

That advice could be dangerous. If you do take that advice, and take up a job that you don’t like, you will heavily reduce your chances of finding the work you love. A few years in, you will be completely lost.

The two-job route would work only if you already know what you want to work on, and you know that there are certain things that stand between you and that work. In this case, PG is right – as long as you ‘always produce’, the two-job route will take you to that destination.

One feasible strategy to figure out the work though, is to try different things that appeal to you, and will pay you as well. But then, you risk becoming a jack of all trades when the world is looking for experts.

But taking the two-job route when you do not know what you want to work on – is a bet on ‘happy coincidences’ taking you to your destination. It is not a wise bet.

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