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characterized by verbosity or unnecessary repetition inexpressing ideas; prolix: a redundant style.

being in excess; exceeding what is usual or natural: redundant part.

having some unusual or extra part or feature.

characterized by superabundance or superfluity: lush,redundant vegetation.

I don’t know much about the field of Human Resources, but I do imagine that telling someone they’re redundant (if you use meaning 1 or 2 above) can create some negative feelings.

However, if you use the third or fourth meaning above, redundancy can be quite a positive thing (maybe that ‘unusual extra part’ is great cheekbones or telekinesis).

And superabundance? We all love abundance, so who wouldn’t want superabundance? Just look at the contextual use in the example: “lush redundant vegetation“. Sounds like the type of place I would like to go on my holidays.

However, redundancy as I’m learning to understand it, doesn’t necessarily involve lots of rich green vegetation. At least not necessarily.

However, what it does involve, or can involve, is an opportunity to do things you’ve always wanted. Like gardening, for example. Or creative writing and teaching and performing improv.

Perhaps it’s only one or two projects, or maybe it’s a superabundance of projects. And perhaps redundancy can give you that extra push to go out and do those things – because you no longer have the security blanket of a regular job.

So go ahead and do it. Do what makes you happy, follow your passion, and hope like crazy that it pays off.

That’s what I’m doing.

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