It takes an insane amount of dedication and pure talent to reach the top 1% of any skill. For the other 99% of us, how can you reach a similar level of achievement if a single skill has such poor odds? With the Talent Stack , popularized by Scott Adams, you can throw away the notion you have to spend all your time striving to be 2nd best, or more likely in the global world we live, 15,456,123rd best. With a Talent Stack, instead of focusing on a single skill, you take multiple strengths and find a way to combine them, making you among the best at the combination. Each time you add to the stack, the level needed for any one skill to maintain your overall standing decreases.
Usain Bolt is currently the fastest man in the world, you and I are not. What if you combine running with another skill, though, like baking? Maybe you’re top 30% of chefs, making you a 10x better chef than Bolt. This assumes Bolt is a mediocre chef, if he’s the next Martha Stewart then I look like a right fool, my apologies Mr. Bolt. At 10x better in baking, If you’re even 1/4 as fast as him, you’re still 2.5x better than him at sprinting back and forth in a speed cooking competition. I haven’t actually seen this happen, though I would instantly buy tickets if I saw it was real. Scott Adams himself is a more realistic example - cartoonist, humor, business sense, office worker all came together in the right amounts to create the wildly successful Dilbert comic strip.
I haven’t yet found the right opportunity which leverages multiple of my interests, but if I had to guess at what my Talent Stack might include:
The Talent Stack has given me new hope that with enough perseverance and a bit of creativity, I can take the variety of skills I enjoy and pull them together to make a fulfilling career. Life has a habit of changing based on unexpected & unpredictable events, so the best I can do right now is keep plugging away learning skills I think will provide other humans value.
So what’s your stack?
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