Reading Length: 2 minutes
The Two Big Ideas:
- There is the misconception to follow your passion by pursuing it as your career and that it will come in some form of “calling.”
- But passion usually takes time, is a side effect of mastery and requires deliberate practice.
The Four Rules:
- Rule 1: Don’t Follow Your Passion.
- Rule 2: Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You.
- Rule 3: Turn Down a Promotion or The Importance of Control.
- Rule 4: Think Small, Act Big.
Rule 1: Don’t Follow Your Passion.
The key is to force yourself through the work. The mistake is judging before you do the work. It is hard to predict in advance what you’ll eventually grow to love. The Self Determination Theory (SDT) is associated with autonomy and competence and represents needs that make you like a job better.
In a study, only 40% of people reported job satisfaction. 64% of people said they are unhappy. This leads to job hopping, low self-esteem and confusion.
Rule 2: Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You.
Focus on what you can offer rather than what it can offer for you. Ask yourself: how can I be really good? What can I offer the world? No one owes you a good career, you should EARN it. Forget the WHY and focus on the HOW.
Build up rare and valuable skills. Career capital represents skills you can offer.
What makes a great job great?
- When Craftsman Fails and When to Leave Your Job:
- 1) Few opportunities to distinguish yourself by developing relevant skills.
- 2) Bad for the world.
- 3) You dislike the people there.
You need deliberate practice (ex: athletes that keep practicing). This includes repetition, stretching your ability and getting immediate feedback. This requires minimal number of practice over and over again 10,000 times. But the type of work is more important than the length. This is about staying focused and rejecting shiny new pursuits. Identify the different categories in your schedule which include the hard to change and the changeable for your schedule.
5 Habits of a Craftsman
- 1) Decide what capital market you are in.
- Winner take all OR auction market?
- Winner take all: what matters is being the best quality.
- Auction: less structured and each person can bring different value.
- 2) Identify your capital type.
- Winner take all is trivial and has only one type.
- Auction is more flexible.
- 3) Define clear goals.
- 4) Stretch and destroy.
- 5) Be patient.
Rule 3: Turn Down a Promotion or The Importance of Control.
What’s most appealing in a position is control and being on your own terms. More control leads to better happiness and performance
- 1) Control without career capital is not sustainable
- 2) Control generates resistance from others since there are no benefits to them
Follow the law of financial viability which is to do what people are willing to pay for. Be the first risky mover and have followers later.
Rule 4: Think Small, Act Big.
First, acquire capital. Make sure you have a mission always. First focus on one niche. Later you can narrow down the collection of subjects/niches and then act big afterwards!
Have a big goal and series of small steps. Rather than one big goal, make small bets. Try one experiment and get feedback with some time.
Study books on marketability. Make sure to achieve these:
- 1)Compel people that will remark on it.
- 2)Compel venues that use it and support the idea.
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