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Career Advice for Uniquely Ambitious people

I was initially skeptical about buying this book but was interested to see what the author’s opinions were. 

Some advice was excellent, which most of us might only learn very late in our career. I have compiled the golden nuggets that I found from this small book.

Career Advice for Uniquely Ambitious People Summary

  • Your manager is the reason you will excel at your job. Everything else comes later. 
  • You won’t be necessarily happy if you earn higher $$$ but have a terrible boss.
  • To earn someone’s attention and favor – do a favor for them first. It’s the entire idea behind “Reciprocation Bias.”
  • Do things that are not considered to be sexy. These careers can be wildly successful because they are less desirable than other careers.
  • Specialize by mastering more than one skill. For example, learn finance if you are working in technology in the finance industry. Examples: Steve Jobs combined his passions for art and design with technology.
  • Find the career that gives immediate feedback on your work. The fast feedback loop is how we learn and improve.
  • If you put the same input in your work, it should always produce the same output. If you receive a bad output, then you know you gave the wrong input. Your feedback loop has to work with this level of clarity.
  • Set high goals and short deadlines. It ensures that you have “skin in the game.” You should make sure that losing or not hitting the deadline should not keep you from playing another round.
  • Choose a career where the best can make 100 or 1,000 times higher than the average. If you are a plumber and are great at it, you might make more than 30% of what the average plumber makes. It’s not the same for programmers, salespeople, etc.,
  • Before you start working your ass off in your career, look up the ceiling and see how high you can go. Go all in only if looking up the ceiling makes you question your ability. 
  • To maximize your income, learn this equation: Value created (What you contribute to society), Value awarded (how the market values the work), Value Captured (by you) How much you earn.
  • The more close you are to the job that creates revenue, the more valuable the skill and safer the career.
  • The skills that will always be valuable for almost any company are more sales, lower cost, better products.
  • A long-term plan is not a necessary piece of success. A long-term perspective is.
  • It matters much more who you work with than what you work on.
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Hi, I'm Vasanthan Kesavan. I started this personal blog in the most tumultuous period in the 21st century. My writing focuses on topics like productivity, leadership, self-improvement, and much more as I keep learning new things every day.

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