…ing you either provide expertise or you are just a bystander. It’s the experts that are the drivers—an expertise that is gained from a curiosity, and a mindset of treating one’s craft very seriously.
…a freelancer has traditionally involved making your work more predictable and structured, not less. You could only afford to make your lifestyle more flexible by making the work itself more rigid and monotonous.
Formal education won’t do it for you. You’re going to have to become curious yourself. Deschool your mind, then begin to ask questions.