Okay, for me, an important issue is trying to figure out my own financial vision first, before even…
Derek McDaniel

Hi Derek, thanks so much for your message. I do have a few thoughts.

First, your drawing app is cool! It doesn’t have to be polished — you built it for your enjoyment, so it’s perfect as it is. It reflects your minimalist needs and your ability to see fun in its simplest form.

I think wanting to find a way to help people live their lives to their emotional fullest without needing a ton of things would be a noble business endeavor, but that would be putting the cart before the horse. When I read your message, it was clear that your biggest issue is that you don’t know what you want, other than having your basic needs met.

The goals you define for yourself in your life are not all created equally. Some are higher than others. Some are purpose-driven (outward, others-oriented) and others are passions of yours (inward). There’s no point in figuring out a business plan without having done the tough work of figuring out what you really want to do besides generate a little income and get by.

People who are intellectually gifted often over-think themselves out of reaching the simplest, truest goals for themselves because we want to believe it couldn’t be that stupid simple. Or we identify a million excuses as to why figuring out what we want wouldn’t be statistically wise, in whatever way we’ve conditioned ourselves to view danger — financially, emotionally, reputationally (lol, I know it’s not a word).

When you worry about your political views interfering, you’re letting a lower inferior goal (to avoid pain and rejection) get in the way of you ever hitting a much more satisfying higher goal (whatever it is that would fulfill your talents and purpose).

Be brave. Do the work of figuring out your goal, or what a lot of people are calling a “mission” these days. The rest you’ll be more than clever enough to figure out. I have all the faith in the world in you. You have all the tools — you just don’t have a job yet.

Good luck.