Derek Sivers

The security of no security

2009-06-01

If you’re a full-time musician, you’ll never have a job, a boss, a salary, or insurance. You’ll bootstrap everything yourself. You’ll always struggle against apathy and gate-keepers. And you’ll have to be one-in-a-million to achieve this incredibly difficult goal.

To some people, this sounds horrible. To me, it was a dream come true.

Someone with a steady 9-5 job asked me how I could handle the lack of security.

Lack of security? Living this way is like learning wilderness survival skills. Being able to fend for yourself is real security.

Basically, having no steady job keeps you at your best! To me, it’s the ideal life.