List member Elliot sent in this super interesting specialization example:
_I recently visited the tiny quirky mosquito museum in chiang mai thailand. It is located in the home of a couple in their late 70's who are the worlds leading experts on mosquitos.__After dozens of years of excruciating field work trapping and studying mosquitos for malaria prevention projects, this couple became the top experts in the world. One of them had a new species of mosquito named after him. The other wrote 6 books at the very end of her career defining the taxonomy of mosquitos.__There is no pension program or retirement program or marketplace for mosquito expertise. The couple created a museum in their home and now support themselves by people paying to come see the musuem, which is absolutely charming. http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20130131-chiang-mais-quirky-insect-wonderland_I thought this was so inspiring, turning what seems like a dead-end job into a lifelong passion and world class expertise.
Thanks for that, Elliot!Look, if you have a weird or hyper-narrow expertise of some kind, and you have a fire in your belly to get really good at it and make money doing it, I’m pretty confident you can find a way to make it work.This couple did it with mosquitos.What’s holding you back?-P