making your side-hustle count

I am deep into reading Creating Innovators by, one of the most intriguing researchers in the area of exploring what makes an innovator, Tony Wagner.

And perhaps I am deep into my reading experience, an article “When does a side-hustle stop being just more than work?” that my brilliant cousin Hilal Koc published on LinkedIn, really resonated with my thinking process.

In the article, Hilal really digs deep into her personal experiences, and reflects on the process that led her to become a personally fulfilled professional. As of today, February 11, the article has had over 1,000 views. Her sincere and articulate voice pushed me to share my perspective as an educator to her fascinating take on the “side-hustle.”

Here it goes:
Fascinating. I appreciate your thought process and articulation that went behind in producing such a provocative piece. One way to look at “side hustle” from an educator’s perspective is as a creative “adult play.” Children, through play, develop essential skills like empathy by listening and observing; begin developing integrative thinking by asking questions and making associations. They collaboratively play, and that’s emergence of early-stage networking. They are constantly asking questions and wondering how things work. Through exploration, experimentation, and discovery through trial-and-error, they begin developing passions. They pursue their passions by persevering through (some interesting) turns around bends and curves, and at times, this process leads them to develop newer (unexpected) passions. Eventually, with time, these passions develop into a more mature sense of drive/cause/commitment. And that’s when the “side hustle” begins to define the most creative you.
​I saw the comment about balancing a “side hustle” and family, and that’s never an easy thing, perhaps, one of the greater challenges that hold us back from “adult play.” No play, and we’re no fun. One way, I am experimenting in seeking some sort of a balance is by integrating my family into my play-time. Have I had successes with this? Here and there. Sometimes I manage to gain and hold their attention, other times, I ask for their forgiveness; overall, I am making baby-steps in letting them see that I am more fun when I am at play. To be continued.

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