Stick To What You Know

Hey now, young person, I want to give you some advice on your life.

I want to save you a lot of money and a lot of misery.

Whatever you choose to do in this world, stick to one career.

One career is enough.

A man can’t often wear two hats in life. If he tries to wear two hats, he wears no hat at all.

I understand; it’s difficult to stick to one career.

After a while the career becomes somewhat routine. Excitement tends to wear off. You feel the urge to move into something else.

My response: It’s even more difficult to balance two careers, or, worse, to shift careers.

Try to resist the urge to move on to something else.

Try to not be influenced too heavily by stories like Charif Souki that you read about in the New York Times today.

This Lebanese entrepreneur owned the restaurant Mezzaluna in Los Angeles.

This was the restaurant in which Nicole Brown Simpson ate her last meal.

According to the story, the owner, Charif Souki, lost interest in the restaurant business and decided to venture into something else: Liquefied Natural Gas.

The article states that he didn’t know anything about natural gas before going into it.

So he started a company called Chenier which he then grew into a leviathan as far revenues are concerned.

Do you feel the pull? Why can’t I do something like that, you ask yourself.

Try to resist these stories.

Many a people have lost all their money venturing into things of which they know nothing.

Remember that the media generally tends to simplify success. In these stories they don’t always tell you the full story.

Or they bury the truth in a throwaway sentence that you might skim over – such as Mr. Souki being an investment banker prior to being a restaurant owner.

I don’t know the full story of Mr. Charif Souki, but I can guarantee you there’s more to this story of success than we know.

Yes, I suppose it’s possible that Charif Souki is a super talented genius who can master new fields very quickly, but I doubt it.

I suspect that he had skills already in place through a lifetime of learning that made him a natural for that field.

This is why the stories of success in the media are often very dangerous.

These stories incite people into moving into something in which they know nothing, and what often transpires is catastrophe.

If he can do it, I can do it is what people start thinking.

This is encouraged by the media’s promotion of possibility thinking. All things are possible according to famous media personalities.

Don’t limit yourself, they implore.

I’ve got a better idea.

Stick to what you know.

All things are possible, but all things are not possible to people who have not prepared and who know nothing about a particular field.

It takes years to develop contacts and to learn the tricks of the trade that will make you successful in a field of endeavor.

It’s often easier to learn those tricks when you are young. It’s not so easy to learn those tricks when you are older.

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. There is a lot of truth in that old adage.

One of the keys in life is to figure out what you are good at and what you are not good at, then take those strengths and parlay your existing career into something more expansive.

Switching careers and venturing into something completely different than what you are suited for is not what I would recommend.

Don’t live someone else’s life.

Again, stick to what you know.

I understand your drive to change the world, and to be the center of attention.

Perhaps you are feeling as if you are missing out in life because you are not Elon Musk or Bill Gates.

Stick to your own game; be who you are.

Do what you have been trained to do.

That’s enough.


Archer Crosley

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