One of the most interesting conclusions of my life is that I become a specialist on nothing. At first, I saw it as a problem, but then I realize that I’m actually pretty good at why I do. Nothing is my specialty.
Looking at my past, I spent 8 years of my life (bachelor plus master degree) trying to become an Electrotechnical Engineer. During these years, I decided to do other things, things that were important to me but had nothing to do with Engineering.
Even in the University, I already had the feeling that who I was “studying” to be have nothing to do with who I really was. And what I really was was a guy who didn’t know anything and had to keep learning. That view over myself helped me grow both as a person and a professional. More than I would grow if I had become an engineer.
And still… I keep having no idea about what I’m doing.
How hard is it?
Being a specialist on nothing is very hard and tiring – more than I thought. There are several tasks and jobs to do, and many that I don’t know how to handle.
Besides, many people are counting on me, because they expect me to know everything and have all the answers. And how can I be a specialist on nothing and know everything? Isn’t that contradictory?
When we started, we had zero experience in managing people, talking to clients, creating partnerships, hiring, etc. When we start feeling that we were doing well, that was exactly the time when we decided to hired someone to replace us. What happens to us the? Well, we just fired ourselves.