Jason Flamm
Copywriter / Soft Skills Teacher

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Not my best writing, but some of my most necessary.

Questions of work - or potential work

I often think about my role inside the world as a "writer." What does it mean vs. what should it mean. This line of thinking, of course, is not individual to me. I assume most people go through this, whether as a writer or any form of work they do.

Sometimes, when I think about careers or skills or something I'd like to learn how to do, my initial thoughts are "I won't be the best and there are so many people who are always going to be WAY better than me, so why even try?"

Inherently, I know this is not how to think about things and it's certainly not a way to live your life. But, they are the thoughts I have. Maybe it's why, in video games, I prefer just playing the storyline or flying solo over PVP or joining clans and guilds– because, instead of competing with others, I'm just competing with myself. I can play when I want and for as long as I want, instead of feeling like other people are relying on me to complete certain quests at certain times. 

For me, other skills work similarly. 

I'm a writer. Am I the best writer? Nope. Should I be? If so, what areas should I focus on that will allow me to become the best? Does such a thing exist? 

I'm also in marketing. Am I the best marketer? Nope. Could I be? Probably, not. I started way too late in life to ever think that's possible. I'm the type of person that believes that reps outperform talent. So, do I have enough time left (in life, in career) to even come close to putting in enough reps to be the best? 

If I do this with everything I want to do, I come up short very often. Combine this with the fact that I've never really been an early adopter of technology (usually for financial reasons) and you get a developed sense of always playing catch up.

There is one area lately where I feel like I might be less behind in. And that area is Virtual Reality (VR). 

I'm a bit obsessed with it lately, but I don't know what to do about that obsession. I'm not going to move to the West Coast, where it seems they are making all the advancements and companies actually exist there that are focusing time, money and effort on making it a part of mainstream society. Being in St. Louis, MO there is one company that focuses on VR. Their website is so atrocious though, that I can't possibly take them seriously.

Because of my limited access to VR locally feeling limited in the amount of reps I can put in. Not knowing where a writer fits inside a VR world, is also very limiting. I don't know what to work on. Should I build a story? Should I be working on gaming? The world of VR seems to have so much more potential than just video games (like schooling, depression-reducing, stress relief, etc.). And yet, I don't know what to do about it all.

In my mind - and heart - starting a VR company myself seems like a no-brainer. But, again, how? And, how much would that cost to even attempt?

I'm not sure the point of this post, other than to get my mind to start reacting to these questions and to put something out into the universe. 

Where can I make an impact as a writer, as a marketer and as an early adopter to technology?

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