I’m currently working on a project that is far below my ability level. I’m overqualified for it. The organization thinks they need me and my skill sets and education, but they don’t. Putting on my strategy hat for their best interest, I will have to engineer myself out of the job and help them see why that’s the best option for them, and for me.
This is another tough lesson from freelance land: we have to work at our level. Even if it is just a day job, a way to pay the bills, or the fuel that supplies our creative projects. The work still has to be interesting. We still need to learn something. It still has to matter than we spend our time and energy doing that work. Otherwise, boredom sets it. And boredom is the straw that breaks our creative backs.
I have learned this ugly lesson the hard way and I don’t want you to go through it. Learn from the many mistakes I made in this area. I’m all for having a day job because I’m all for you finding a way to do your very best creative work that lights you up and makes you feel alive. Just make sure it’s a day job that gives you more than just money.