[ From a tweet storm last week ]
1/The most important piece of advice I can give folks starting out: be great at an important skill.
The important skills in the world right now include:
c. product design
f. corporate storyteller
2/Refine your skill faster than your peers.
If you’re a product designer, stop binge-watching TV & read every book on UX. Learn to use every tool you find on the internet.
Many folks will tell you that the world is not a zero sum game, with one person not having to lose at the expense of another winning. This is simply not true, as in most startups there is a very limited number of seats and they go to the people who work the hardest and who have the most skill.
In your career you will find that life is a zero sum game: the winners get the prime positions and the person who comes in second place for that position is the first loser — not the second winner.
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3/Take your skills to a startup. Period. Full Stop.
Don’t worry about your salary, just get enough money to live in a closet close to work. Focus on providing your CEO 10x the value of your contemporaries. Your CEO will notice you, eventually, and she will love you.
CEOs love people who work hard and who refine their skills faster than everyone else (see #2) because those people remind them of themselves. How the f@#4k do you think she got the CEO slot, by waiting in line? By random luck? No, she f@#$king took that slot.
If you’re taking your slot by working harder than everyone else and by refining your skills faster than everyone else she will notice it.