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The Overlap Technique – Calculated Steps to Pursuing Your Passion Vocationally

Sean McCabe
February 23, 2014

The Overlap Technique – Calculated Steps to Pursuing Your Passion Vocationally

Note: These slides were not designed to make sense on their own. Please following along with the accompanying audio at http://seanwes.com/52 for context.

Sean McCabe

February 23, 2014
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  1. The Overlap Technique

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  2. Note:
    These slides were not designed to make sense
    on their own. Please follow along with the
    talk audio at seanwes.com/52 for context.

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  3. chronic
    perfectionism

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  4. 90%

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  5. 90%
    (that’s your job)

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  6. Sean McCabe

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  7. aka seanwes
    Sean McCabe

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  22. Challenging the status quo.

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  23. •  Go to college

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  24. •  Go to college
    … because that’s what you do.

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  25. •  Go to college
    •  Get real job
    … because that’s what you do.

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  26. •  Go to college
    •  Get real job (or be starving artist)
    … because that’s what you do.

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  27. •  Go to college
    •  Get real job (or be starving artist)
    •  Get into debt
    … because that’s what you do.

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  28. •  Go to college
    •  Get real job (or be starving artist)
    •  Get into debt – Take a loan for a car
    … because that’s what you do.

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  29. •  Go to college
    •  Get real job (or be starving artist)
    •  Get into debt – Take a loan for a car
    … or a house
    … because that’s what you do.

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  30. •  Go to college
    •  Get real job (or be starving artist)
    •  Get into debt – Take a loan for a car
    … or a house … or your business …
    … because that’s what you do.

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  31. •  Go to college
    •  Get real job (or be starving artist)
    •  Get into debt – Take a loan for a car
    … because that’s what you do.

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  32. •  Go to college
    •  Get real job (or be starving artist)
    •  Get into debt – Take a loan for a car
    •  Charge by the hour
    … because that’s what you do.

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  33. •  Go to college
    •  Get real job (or be starving artist)
    •  Get into debt – Take a loan for a car
    •  Charge by the hour
    •  Provide clients with multiple concepts
    … because that’s what you do.

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  34. •  Go to college
    •  Get real job (or be starving artist)
    •  Get into debt – Take a loan for a car
    •  Charge by the hour
    •  Provide clients with multiple concepts
    •  Put ads on your website
    … because that’s what you do.

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  35. •  Go to college
    •  Get real job (or be starving artist)
    •  Get into debt – Take a loan for a car
    •  Charge by the hour
    •  Provide clients with multiple concepts
    •  Put ads on your website
    •  Use sponsors to monetize the podcast
    … because that’s what you do.

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  36. What would happen if I…

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  37. What would happen if I…
    with  Values?
    Started

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  38. What would happen if I…
    with  Passion?
    Started

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  39. •  I’m not here to tell you how to live.
    The Purpose

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  40. •  I’m not here to tell you how to live.
    •  I’m here to share what I’ve learned.
    The Purpose

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  41. •  I’m not here to tell you how to live.
    •  I’m here to share what I’ve learned.
    •  Let go of others’ impositions.
    The Purpose

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  42. •  I’m not here to tell you how to live.
    •  I’m here to share what I’ve learned.
    •  Let go of others’ impositions.
    •  Wipe the slate clean.
    The Purpose

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  59. $

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  62. Client work

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  63. Client work
    Physical products

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  64. Client work
    Physical products

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  65. Client work
    Physical products
    Podcast

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  66. Client work
    Physical products
    Podcast
    Community

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  67. Client work
    Physical products
    Podcast
    Community
    Learn Lettering

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  68. Client work
    Physical products
    Podcast
    Community
    Learn Lettering (March)

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  69. Client work
    Physical products
    Podcast
    Community
    Learn Lettering (March)
    On-going process…

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  70. Client work
    Physical products
    Podcast
    Community
    Learn Lettering (March)
    …what’s next?
    On-going process…

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  71. I’m writing a book.

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  72. I’m writing a book.
    The Overlap Technique

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  73. WORK

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  74. •  3 months

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  75. •  3 months
    •  30–40k words

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  76. •  3 months
    •  30–40k words
    •  Day 56 of Early Wake, Daily Write

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  77. •  3 months
    •  30–40k words
    •  Day 56 of Early Wake, Daily Write
    •  I asked my subscribers 2 questions:

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  78. •  3 months
    •  30–40k words
    •  Day 56 of Early Wake, Daily Write
    •  I asked my subscribers 2 questions:
    1.  What is the hardest thing
    keeping you from pursuing
    your passion full time?

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  79. •  3 months
    •  30–40k words
    •  Day 56 of Early Wake, Daily Write
    •  I asked my subscribers 2 questions:
    1.  What is the hardest thing
    keeping you from pursuing
    your passion full time?
    2.  What would you like me to
    address in depth in the book?

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  80. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?

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  81. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?

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  82. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?
    •  How do I overcome fear?

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  83. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?
    •  How do I overcome fear?
    •  What if I don’t have a day job?

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  84. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?
    •  How do I overcome fear?
    •  What if I don’t have a day job?
    •  I’m 40 and I have a family—is it too late?

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  85. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?
    •  How do I overcome fear?
    •  What if I don’t have a day job?
    •  I’m 40 and I have a family—is it too late?
    •  How do I manage my time?

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  86. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?
    •  How do I overcome fear?
    •  What if I don’t have a day job?
    •  I’m 40 and I have a family—is it too late?
    •  How do I manage my time?
    •  What if I don’t have any money to invest?

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  87. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?
    •  How do I overcome fear?
    •  What if I don’t have a day job?
    •  I’m 40 and I have a family—is it too late?
    •  How do I manage my time?
    •  What if I don’t have any money to invest?
    •  Can I be sure I’m really passionate about this?

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  88. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?
    •  How do I overcome fear?
    •  What if I don’t have a day job?
    •  I’m 40 and I have a family—is it too late?
    •  How do I manage my time?
    •  What if I don’t have any money to invest?
    •  Can I be sure I’m really passionate about this?
    •  How do I go about monetizing?

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  89. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?
    •  How do I overcome fear?
    •  What if I don’t have a day job?
    •  I’m 40 and I have a family—is it too late?
    •  How do I manage my time?
    •  What if I don’t have any money to invest?
    •  Can I be sure I’m really passionate about this?
    •  How do I go about monetizing?
    •  Where do I even start?

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  90. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?
    •  How do I overcome fear?
    •  What if I don’t have a day job?
    •  I’m 40 and I have a family—is it too late?
    •  How do I manage my time?
    •  What if I don’t have any money to invest?
    •  Can I be sure I’m really passionate about this?
    •  How do I go about monetizing?
    •  Where do I even start?
    •  What’s a good daily structure for staying focused?

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  91. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?
    •  How do I overcome fear?
    •  What if I don’t have a day job?
    •  I’m 40 and I have a family—is it too late?
    •  How do I manage my time?
    •  What if I don’t have any money to invest?
    •  Can I be sure I’m really passionate about this?
    •  How do I go about monetizing?
    •  Where do I even start?
    •  What’s a good daily structure for staying focused?
    •  How do you balance pursuing passion & family?

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  92. •  What if I’m a Jack of all trades master of none?
    •  Will my debt make it impossible?
    •  How do I overcome fear?
    •  What if I don’t have a day job?
    •  I’m 40 and I have a family—is it too late?
    •  How do I manage my time?
    •  What if I don’t have any money to invest?
    •  Can I be sure I’m really passionate about this?
    •  How do I go about monetizing?
    •  Where do I even start?
    •  What’s a good daily structure for staying focused?
    •  How do you balance pursuing passion & family?
    •  I’m scared to put myself out there—what will
    people think of me?

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  93. Clearly defining the
    Problem

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  94. It takes hearing
    things
    7x
    for it to sink in

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  95. •  What is it?
    The Overlap Technique

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  96. WORK

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  97. •  “Doing what you love.”
    The Overlap Technique

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  98. •  “Doing what you love.” clichés
    The Overlap Technique

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  99. •  “Doing what you love.” clichés
    •  Calculated steps to transitioning from
    your day job to your passion.
    The Overlap Technique

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  100. •  “Doing what you love.” clichés
    •  Calculated steps to transitioning from
    your day job to your passion.
    The Overlap Technique

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  101. Don’t dismiss Doing
    What You Love as a
    “first world problem.”

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  102. “It’s not like
    you hate what
    you do…”

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  103. •  Fear of risk.
    The Overlap Technique

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  104. •  Fear of risk.
    •  Fear of the unknown.
    The Overlap Technique

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  105. •  Fear of risk.
    •  Fear of the unknown.
    •  Fear of losing job security.
    The Overlap Technique

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  106. •  Fear of risk.
    •  Fear of the unknown.
    •  Fear of losing job security.
    The Overlap Technique
    Mental Roadblocks

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  107. Job Security

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  108. Q: Where do I even start?

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  109. You have to start
    with a day job.
    Q: Where do I even start?

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  110. •  Find something you don’t hate.
    1. Start with a day job

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  111. •  Find something you don’t hate.
    •  Not in the same industry.
    1. Start with a day job

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  112. •  Find something you don’t hate.
    •  Not in the same industry.
    •  Don’t compromise to pay bills.
    1. Start with a day job

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  113. •  Find something you don’t hate.
    •  Not in the same industry.
    •  Don’t compromise to pay bills.
    1. Start with a day job
    Compromising to pay
    bills kills the passion.

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  114. “I have a wife and kids, and
    I'm stuck in a dead end job.
    Is there any hope for me?”

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  115. 1. Yes. It is possible.

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  116. 1. Yes. It is possible.
    2. It will require serious
    discipline with your time.

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  117. 1. Yes. It is possible.
    2. It will require serious
    discipline with your time.
    3. You will need the full
    support of your family.

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  118. Find the time.

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  119. Find the time.

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  120. Find Make the time.

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  121. Do you…

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  122. •  Watch movies?
    Do you…

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  123. •  Watch movies?
    •  Habitually check Facebook?
    Do you…

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  124. •  Watch movies?
    •  Habitually check Facebook?
    •  Browse Reddit?
    Do you…

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  125. •  Watch movies?
    •  Habitually check Facebook?
    •  Browse Reddit?
    •  Play video games?
    Do you…

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  126. •  Watch movies?
    •  Habitually check Facebook?
    •  Browse Reddit?
    •  Play video games?
    •  Watch TV shows on Netflix?
    Do you…

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  127. It’s a matter of priority.

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  128. Those who are doing things that
    you admire aren’t blessed with
    25 hours in a day.
    They sacrifice. They make time.

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  129. What are you not doing
    to make something more
    important possible?

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  130. Q: Can I be sure I’m really
    passionate about this?

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  131. You won’t know
    your passion until
    you’ve tried it for
    awhile.
    Q: Can I be sure I’m really
    passionate about this?

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  132. •  It can’t just be the idea of this thing.
    2. You won’t know your passion
    until you’ve tried it for awhile.

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  133. •  It can’t just be the idea of this thing.
    •  You don’t want to find yourself stuck.
    2. You won’t know your passion
    until you’ve tried it for awhile.

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  134. •  It can’t just be the idea of this thing.
    •  You don’t want to find yourself stuck.
    2. You won’t know your passion
    until you’ve tried it for awhile.
    Don’t quit your day job
    … yet.

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  135. Q: How do I manage my
    time?

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  136. Set a consistent
    schedule and stick
    to it.
    Q: How do I manage my
    time?

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  137. •  Whether you spend 1 hour a day or 4
    hours a day, be committed.
    3. Set a consistent schedule and
    stick to it.

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  138. •  Whether you spend 1 hour a day or 4
    hours a day, be committed.
    •  Remember, make the time.
    3. Set a consistent schedule and
    stick to it.

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  139. •  Whether you spend 1 hour a day or 4
    hours a day, be committed.
    •  Remember, make the time.
    3. Set a consistent schedule and
    stick to it.
    You need the support of
    your family for this.

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  140. Q: How do I go about
    monetizing?

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  141. Build a portfolio
    and start working
    with clients.
    Q: How do I go about
    monetizing?

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  142. •  Think of an adequate number of
    portfolio items.
    4. Build a portfolio and start
    working with clients.

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  143. •  Think of an adequate number of
    portfolio items. Now double it.
    4. Build a portfolio and start
    working with clients.

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  144. •  Think of an adequate number of
    portfolio items. Now double it.
    •  2 ways to establish yourself:
    4. Build a portfolio and start
    working with clients.

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  145. •  Think of an adequate number of
    portfolio items. Now double it.
    •  2 ways to establish yourself:
    •  1. Having credentials
    4. Build a portfolio and start
    working with clients.

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  146. •  Think of an adequate number of
    portfolio items. Now double it.
    •  2 ways to establish yourself:
    •  1. Having credentials
    •  2. Having a solid portfolio
    4. Build a portfolio and start
    working with clients.

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  147. •  Think of an adequate number of
    portfolio items. Now double it.
    •  2 ways to establish yourself:
    •  1. Having credentials
    •  2. Having a solid portfolio
    •  Make case studies that show that you
    know what you’re doing.
    4. Build a portfolio and start
    working with clients.

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  148. Some people say:
    “Take whatever work
    you can get.”

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  149. Some people say:
    “Take whatever work
    you can get.”
    Be selective.

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  150. Q: What if I don’t have
    any money to invest?

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  151. Save every bit of
    money from client
    work.
    Q: What if I don’t have
    any money to invest?

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  152. •  You already have your bills covered.
    5. Save every bit of money from
    client work.

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  153. •  You already have your bills covered.
    •  This is your startup capital.
    5. Save every bit of money from
    client work.

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  154. •  You already have your bills covered.
    •  This is your startup capital.
    •  This money can be used to phase out
    your day job or invest in products.
    5. Save every bit of money from
    client work.

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  155. •  You already have your bills covered.
    •  This is your startup capital.
    •  This money can be used to phase out
    your day job or invest in products.
    •  Six months?
    5. Save every bit of money from
    client work.

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  156. Q: How do I overcome
    fear?

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  157. There is never
    going to be a
    perfect time.
    Q: How do I overcome
    fear?

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  158. •  Circumstances are never going to be
    “just right.”
    6. There is never going to be a
    perfect time.

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  159. •  Circumstances are never going to be
    “just right.”
    •  There will always be a “leap of faith”
    moment.
    6. There is never going to be a
    perfect time.

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  160. •  Circumstances are never going to be
    “just right.”
    •  There will always be a “leap of faith”
    moment.
    •  It will come down to taking a risk at
    some point, but that doesn’t mean
    you have to be foolish.
    6. There is never going to be a
    perfect time.

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  161. Your passion may be something
    you can’t possibly know at this
    point in your life.

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  162. Assess your general interests

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  163. Assess your general interests
    Look to the intersection of
    your two primary interests.

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  164. LOGIC

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  165. LOGIC CREATIVITY

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  166. CREATIVITY
    LOGIC

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  167. CREATIVITY
    LOGIC
    Music

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  168. CREATIVITY
    LOGIC
    Music
    Design

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  169. CREATIVITY
    LOGIC
    Music
    Design
    Typography

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  170. Don’t start with the
    Money

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  171. Start with the
    Doing

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  172. OverlapTechnique.com

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  173. Bonus?

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  174. The single biggest
    actionable tip that
    increased my
    Influence.

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  175. Curate what you share.

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