I have a lot of interests that take technical skills, and am reasonably good at these things.
However, I have a horrible time focusing on "assignments." I really prefer to work on whatever strikes my curiosity at whatever time.
I realize that artists can often work in this manner.
But what about technical individuals?
Are there careers for people who have an extreme preference towards unscheduled activity, and a preference for so-called "left-brained" fields?
For me in particular, the fields are:
physics, math, computer science (theoretical), software engineering, electrical engineering (both theoretical and practical), mechanical engineering (both theoretical and practical), chemistry (just learning now), psychology (just learning now), philosophy (just learning now), economics (just learning now), finance (just learning now), biotechnology (just learning about now), and probably a lot more things that are deemed "left-brained."
The main questions that need to be answered are:
1) What are the markets that are flexible enough that I will have "customers?"
I was thinking, publication in journals, submitting inventions to manufacturers, and working financial markets are examples of the type of thing, I was thinking about2) How do I make enough to support myself in a reliable manner?
Somehow, I have to extract enough predictability to pay my bills regularly. I'm not sure how to do that.3) What resources should I secure for myself?
4) How do I break the news to parents, and perhaps a significant other, in a way that it is acceptable?
In the late 19th century, people like Edison, Tesla, and Armstrong (I think) would have fit this mold. But I don't know how to go about this life-style in the modern era. It's almost like you have to have one great invention before you can spend time inventing.