Category Archives: Careers and Business

The Rise of the Generalist Part II: The Specialist’s Survival Guide

As a specialist your job security is vulnerable to market forces and technological progress. The next big innovation will make it possible for a less skilled person to perform the same tasks as you do now. When this happens you’ll be given a choice between a pay cut or the door. If you choose the […]

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Guest Post at the Skool of Life: How to Teach Yourself to Do Anything

Have you ever let your lack of knowledge and skills keep you from doing what you really want to do? If so, you might want to check out this guest post I did at the Skool of Life: How to Teach Yourself to Do Anything. Check it out!

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The Rise of the Generalist, Part I: The Fall of the Specialist

When it comes to your marketable job skills are you a koala or are you a crow? Koalas are super-specialists. Over the past few million years they’ve managed to evolve the capability to eat and metabolize poisonous eucalyptus leaves. This is great for the koalas because it ensures a stable food supply. When it comes […]

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How Finding Your Genius can Open up Career Opportunities

How can you find your genius? How can you find the one thing that you do better than other people and exploit it? This is a common theme in the personal development world. It’s the concept that everyone has innate talents that lie at the core of their being. Once you determine those talents it’s […]

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What the Inventor of Velcro Can Teach You About Success

The first time I read about the invention of Velcro was in the third grade. The book said that in 1941 engineer George de Mestral went on a hunting trip and when he came back was fascinated by the burrs that were stuck to his jacket and his dog’s fur. He checked out the burrs […]

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The Philosophy of Unreadiness

In order to achieve your ideal career you have to take risks, often when you feel you aren’t ready to deal with the consequences. When you quit your job and start your own business, it’s very possible that your business venture could fail. When you take a job at another company, it’s possible that the […]

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