I often get asked career advice — especially regarding what to do or what not to do. I’m certainly an expert at both! Opportunities abound in science, technology, and business.
Being really good at one thing —especially if it’s technical and hard to learn — extends the runway no matter what path you choose. Because information is ubiquitous and just a click away, it’s possible to become a jack of all trades and a master of none.
The new economy allows anyone to sample multiple careers and crafts in a short span. Becoming average at 10 things is easy. Becoming a guru at one thing sets you apart, and gets you paid.
The new economy is less about colleges, destinations & hobbies and more about gaining deep knowledge and finding a community that puts your talent to use. The commercial aspect of deep knowledge is critical since you’ll need enough money to pay the bills and take care of your family. You become what you study most of the time. Just be wary of social media because it’s the ultimate time-killer!
The San Francisco Bay Area offers incredible opportunities, but it comes at a price. This is not the place to dabble. Places like Austin and Portland extend the runway at a lower cost — with the knowledge and skills you’ve accumulated.
Places should not determine careers. Apply deep knowledge to your passion. The jobs and communities will follow you. The next rung on the ladder is about building your tribe.
The journey never ends. Insecurity and acceptance of ignorance drives deep learning. Just make sure that you are having fun!