Good Monday Morning!
I confess, I wasn’t the greatest student in school. I did well, but let’s just say I was never in the A+ category. When I was entering the workforce, if you were an A student you were set. A+ was best, but an A would get you started in some terrific opportunities right out the gate.
I have always been interested in economics, the balance of inputs and outputs. I was always balancing the academic and social elements in my life. I could have gotten an A+ average, but I wanted to “economize.” I was able to move my A to an A+, but not in the traditional way.
One of my favorite blogs on economics is by Barry Ritholtz. He has an interesting mix of ideas and great thoughts. In his blog on The Right Skill Set, I read:
“With so many large financial firms laying off so many talented people, there is a huge talent pool out there. You need to be able to stand out from the crowd. Our entire staff all have something a little special (read “odd”) about them – something different that allows them to think outside the box. They all have various interests, backgrounds, abilities that give them a better worldview. There are disadvantages to becoming too specialized. For example, this is what Caitlyn, my administrative assistant, does on the weekends:”
Living in a world where work can be done anywhere, at any time, and where companies are running cloud based companies, it’s just not good enough, to be good enough.
You don’t have to be an A+ student.
You do need to be an A+ candidate.
Employers like Barry are looking for that plus+, and it’s not likely to come from the traditional paths, such as adding an MBA or PMI to your story. You will need a true differentiator.
And that my friend, is the secret to a successful and interesting career.
Differentiating, along the road with you!