What’s the one thing you’ve learned over time that you wish you knew when you started out?
There is no red-tile-roof house on the Aegean where famous writers all go to work in relative leisure. There might be 20 jobs now where you’re set for life, but the rest of us will be hustling forever.
That sucks (I love the Aegean!) but it’s freeing, too. One of my best friends called his big career move “getting off other people’s ladders,” and that struck me as wise advice. You want to write beautiful stories about things you care about? You can do that, so who cares if you don’t end up writing profiles for The New Yorker? You can move around within the profession in more interesting ways than people could before.
Alexis Madrigal: “Follow your own curiosity” — Editor’s Picks — Medium