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  1. Miranda’s question really resonated with me – when I first did your quiz I came up with side hustler and when I did it again I got thriver. I suppose Im living currently somewhere in-between these two – im in a part time job that I really dont like very much and find draining (but it pays the bills) and I come alive when I do what I love which is creative work- performing, and painting. Unfortunately these dont pay the bills. Id love these to pay the bills- at least I love the idea of it but wonder if id resent them (and the pressure) if they did.All I know for sure is I dont love my day job. I dont want to sound lazy but I love my social life and don’t enjoy being under pressure! What am I?

    1. Hi Maria — It’s hard for me to discern just from this comment, but I actually get the sense that a combo of Side Hustler & Thriver might be right for you. If you love your side passions and pressure-free social time, and aren’t convinced you want your creative pursuits to be what pays the bills, then that sounds like a classic Side Hustler / Thriver combo to me. I don’t even think your current work structure (part-time job that pays the bills, with plenty of free time for your other passions) is the problem — in fact, I think that structure might serve you well! It’s just that this particular part-time job is stealing your energy because you flat-out don’t like it. I don’t get the sense you need a whole career/life overhaul — just a new day job that’s less draining.

      1. Thanks Kristen I think youre completely right- I think ive got the balance right but ive outgrown the job / got to the point where I need to change it. ive been in it 7 years and ive had issues with it since day 1 but kinda ‘settled’ as I tend to do! Thanks for the clarification. I didnt realise you could have a side-hustler/thriver combo.

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