How to thrive in an unknowable future? Choose the plan with the most options. The best plan is the one that lets you change your plans. – Derek Sivers
That quote above guides which skill I build next.
What is going to provide me with the most options long term?
It’s how I approached choosing my majors (even if the reality of a History degree turned out to be wildly different than expected)
It’s how I approached continuing my schooling (learning the mechanics of learning has proven to be more important than ever – even if the reality of the actual Education education turned out to be wildly different)
It’s how I approached the certifications I pursued
It’s how I’m approaching skill-building as a consultant.
What skill do I need to build that will provide me with the most options long-term?
These days, for me, it’s Marketing and Sales.
Two things that if I could outsource them, I would. Neither of these skills fit into my natural mindset (academic) or personality (deeply introverted).
But, in my business, I am marketing and selling myself.
I have to take responsibility for those activities. At least long enough until I a) understand what, exactly, I am marketing and selling and b) am able to do this well enough to communicate my needs and expectations to someone else.
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