The harder I work on me, the better my life gets. But I can only improve a little each day. So I focus intensely on one or two things that I want to be better at. That makes my career much better with the least effort for the reward. It also improves your job search.
Light is very intense in a laser. Laser pointers are under 1/200th of a watt. Focus that pointer laser’s beam to the size of a period and you can burn paper.
Intensity at one small spot is the secret of lasers. Intensity at one spot can also be the secret to advancement in your career.
- Some programmers study 20 different programming languages. As a recruiter, it is almost impossible for me to find a job for someone who has only worked a month or two in 20 different programming languages. It is easy for me to find a job for someone who has studied and worked in one programming language for two years.
- In accounting it is easier for us to find a top paying job for an internal audit specialist CPA, than a job for an uncertified general accountant. Finding a high paying job for a legal secretary is easier than finding a high paying job for a regular secretary.
You cannot get better at everything at once. An hour a day carefully spent studying a single skill that is in high demand will turn you into an expert in a few months. An hour a day studying new subjects each day won’t help your career nearly as fast.. Now is the time to start narrowing your field and increasing your intensity.
I had learnt to seek intensity – more of life, a concentrated sense of life. (Berberova)
Something To Do Today
What is the hottest skill in your profession? What is the most important bit of that skill? Study it an hour a day for a month. You will be an expert.
Next week: When I ask what time it is, how can someone look at their watch and give me the wrong answer?
Later: Put your feet up on his desk.