How to Succeed EVEN When You Are NOT AWESOME at ONE SPECIAL SKILL
Were forever being sold a lie on how to prosper in life: discover what youre best at, work hard at it, swim in an ocean of riches and happiness.
What if you dont have any world class skills? What if youre just ok at lots of things?
The good news is, nearly everybody is like this, and that includes ultra-successful megastars. Very few successful people are actually the best at something.
Theyre usually a really effective mix of lots of things that matter.
Will Smith doesnt claim to be the worlds greatest actor or musician. But hes coupled these skills together, combined with a charming personality, shrewd personal branding, and a die-hard work ethic. His whole is far greater than his parts.
Most such people would have made a terrible mistake had they solely focussed on the one skill they were best at. Steve Jobs might have become a used car salesman.
Even when your skills are mediocre, an astute combination of mediocrity can turn you into something priceless.
This works for any profession. An average businessperson who learns a bit of law, or body language, or programming, or design, or public speaking can assert a monumental advantage over their peers. Indeed, you might say what makes someone a great businessperson is a fusion of relevant skills, like psychology and self-discipline.
Individual skills are common. Combinations are rarer.
If you want to raise your value, take a step back from your strengths, and consider building a broader combination of them.
that is an awesome post!
Would be interesting to hear what you, and others, consider to be the ideal blend of skills for an affiliate business, outside of programming/graphics/copywriting?
I think ideal blend would be whatever can get you a competitive advantage.
I believe that if, for example, you have good client management/interpersonal skills and you combine that with some good IM skills and you combine that with some language skills, that can be a significant advantage vs. most affiliates if you are able to use this to forge direct relationships with advertisers in certain countries.
There is no ideal blend of skills.
Take the STM mods for example: some of us are Photoshop ninjas, some of us are coding experts, some of us are system analysts, some of us are heavy on the math, some of us are amazingly creative, some of us are great writers, some of us are expert coders, some of us are system administration wizards, some of us are negotiation fiends. None of us have the same skillset.
What matters is finding a way to leverage your combination of skills and compensate for the areas where you’re less skilled.
nice read, but in a world that most people dont take action you dont need any specail skill to succeed