For 10 years, I tried to fit into the corporate world. I’m a Princeton graduate and that’s what we’re supposed to do!
In 2011 I quit my job and have since been working on my own. As an Artistic, Social, and Enterprising personality type (an ASE), I have always sought work that is fulfilling creatively, socially, and financially.
Along this journey I have learned that managing yourself, staying healthy, and finding purpose is just as important – and more difficult – than making money.
I hope this site helps you navigate the roller coaster ride of working on your own. This is an unscripted career path. I don’t have all the answers. But I hope to help you find yours.
Private Email List
If you want thoughts and announcements I never post publicly, get on my private e-mail list. Please let me know the challenges you face working on your own – maybe I can help.
ASE Podcast & YouTube Channel
This show is about navigating the self-employed creative life and how to do your best work. Topics include: career and lifestyle design, embodied cognition, peak performance, and case studies of pioneers building careers at the intersection of art, social impact and entrepreneurship.
What’s Your Perfect Day?
In 2018 I started asking friends and strangers about their perfect day.
I want to hear about what makes life worth living from all kinds of people – not just the rich, famous and powerful we idolize.
Here you can find guides, rants and randomness that don’t fit in a category.
- The Guy’s Guide to Salsa Shoes
- The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker
- Living Zero Waste in Saigon
- Who Is More Important: Achiever or Believer?
- The Mathematics of Gift
- Which Gives More Security: Money or Friends?
More About Me
I love hearing from people, so please contact me here and introduce yourself.
When I started this blog in 2012, my friend John thought upstartist (upstart + star + artist) captured my interests in entrepreneurship, helping people and art.
So that’s my definition of an upstartist – an ASE (Artistic – Social – Enterprising on John Holland’s 6 Personality Types), who thrives in similar environments.