today i had a big break, and it would have meant nothing if i hadn’t had been working on my own projects in the meantime. i met someone with a lot of resources, and they asked me “what do you do?” and i showed them my interview series, grounded in ongoing research that i do with the seriousness i bring to every job. they were impressed, and handed me their card.
this is a huge deal. one of my favorite quotes is from louis pasteur: “fortune favors the prepared mind”. if we are given an opportunity, we are more likely to grab it if we have primed our brains to receive it. this is why i always advocate for folks to work on projects, no matter how small or silly they seem. having a body of work to show for your interests separates you from the swaths of people who just talk and do nothing.