The logic of the double or triple threat
If you want something extraordinary, 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:
- Developing deep technology through academic and scientific research. (Top 25%)
- Grasp of trends in innovation across the global marketplace. (Top 20%)
Trends and Innovations lab [Link]
- Know the venture capital industry. (Top 20%)
See my Getting that Venture Capital - Knowledge Series [Link]
- Develop leaders in young and senior entrepreneurs to tackle UN sustainable development goals. (Top 10%)
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 develop deep technology, keep up to date with global trends, understand how venture capital works and make the world a better place at the same time. It’s the combination that makes what I do so rare. What makes me in the top 1%.
And when you add in my business background and strong moral ethics, 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
- Public Speaking and storytelling - April 2018
I always advise young people 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.
- Quantum computer science and engineering - August 2018, London City University
The next frontier of computers.
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” until no one else has your mix. . . . At 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%.