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-wonderlandI 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