Finding what makes you ‘exceptional’ key to success
It’s actually been more than a month since I wrote this column, which follows rather directly from my previous two. My deliberations on the wonderful matter of how the financial crisis is impacting the job hunt, and the need to find the right fit, led me to what is perhaps the logical next step: When you find a job you think you want, how do you stand out in order to get it? Maybe just being a good fit isn’t enough.
My thesis is that what makes a person exceptional is, to quote the column, to be “at least a little bit above average in an interesting combination of ways.” It doesn’t necessarily matter what that combination is, as long as you can find the way to make use of it in a way that gives you a leg up.
The difficult part is, of course, that it isn’t always obvious how you can usefully combine, say, chemistry and economics. Many people go through life without discovering what that is. Sadly, it seems that like with many of the other things I’ve written about this semester, I have thoughts and not answers. I wonder if that makes me a bad columnist?
- Strive for best fit, not “best job”
- Instincts provide opportunities for personal discovery
- Tech college career inspires above-average mediocrity
- Creating a common password management API
- We need a common password management API
- Adding the Delicious bookmarklet to Opera
- Keep your identity broad (or: figuring out what I want to be when I grow up)
- Fighting the contrarian urge (2)
- Music on the web: Why is YouTube so often the best option?
- Accomplishments require action with intent
- Scriptacular restlessness
- Make a wish
- Bing, Opera Style