The logic of the double or triple threat
If you want to possess an extraordinary skill, you have two paths:
- Become the best at one specific thing.
- Become very good (top 20%) at two or more things.
The first strategy is difficult to the point of near impossibility. Few people will ever invent the next Apple or make a platinum album.
The second strategy is fairly easy. Everyone has at least a few areas in which they could be in the top 20% with some effort.
In my case, I am very good at:
- Inventing breakthrough technology through academic, scientific and engineering research. (Top 20% - ) [Link]
- Bringing together young and senior pioneers of science to tackle UN sustainable development goals. (Top 5%) [Link]
- Grasp of industry technology innovation trends across the global marketplace. (Top 10%) [Link]
- Understanding venture capital industry inside out. (Top 25%)
See my Knowledge Series - Getting that Venture Capital [Link]
- Storytelling. (40%)
But I’m hardly an artist. And I’m not more exceptional than the average individual who never makes it big, but I have been sharpening my skills than most people ever will.
The magic is that few people can invent and develop deep technology, finger on the pulse of global technology trends, understand how venture capital interacts with such technology and make the world a better place through global science leaders at the same time.
Suddenly I had a perspective that few individuals in the world that could hope to understand without spending years living it. It’s the combination that makes what I do so rare. This lets me operate in the top 1% of global population.......
And when you add in my business background and strong multi-cultural understanding, suddenly I had a perspective that few individuals in the world that could hope to understand without spending years living it.
Next Skills I aim to build
- Become a good public speaker and tell a story - Started June 2018
I always to become good public speakers (top 25%).
- Building tribe of 1000 - Started November 2017
Using the 80/20 rule, I aim to create a step by step guide on the mata-skills needed to build a tribe.
- Computer science - September 2018, London City University
The next frontier of computers. Will focus on Quantum computing.
Suddenly you’re in charge, or maybe you’re starting your own company using your combined knowledge. Capitalism rewards things that are both rare and valuable.
You make yourself rare by combining two or more “pretty goods” skills until no one else has your mix. . . .
I believe least one of the skills in your mixture should involve communication, either written or verbal. And it could be as simple as learning how to sell more effectively than 75% of the world.
That’s one. Now add to that whatever your passion is, and you have two, because that’s the thing you’ll easily put enough energy into to reach the top 25%.
If you have an aptitude for a third, fourth and fifth skill, perhaps business or public speaking, develop that too. It sounds like generic advice, but you’d be hard-pressed to find any successful person who didn’t have about six or seven skills in the top 1%.