I can’t count the number of times that I have told people who are looking to accomplish something: “There are two ways you can go through life. Filling in the application form, or something else.”
Applications forms are a race to the bottom. You can get really good at filling them out. You can submit a bunch of them and you might not ever hear anything. Plus, you’re at the mercy of the person assessing a big stack of almost identical applications.
Or you can choose something else.
You can choose to create your own path. You can choose to start your own thing. You can achieve the same goal through a different route.
In marketplaces where everyone sells for the same price, it’s not possible to sell the same product for a higher price.
With a little creativity and a healthy appetite for risk, you can accomplish a lot.
I’m a ‘something else’ kind of person. The application form bores me. I’d rather struggle in the short term and win in the long term than take an quick, boring route to a lot of struggling.
It’s unchartered territory, but it’s exhilarating to go off the beaten track.