A large portion of our lives is spent in school and the classroom. We wake up early and jump from one class to the next in a well-rounded charcuterie board of knowledge. College is much the same. We have to choose a major, but half the courses we take are general classes with the means of giving us a balanced education.
What I find fascinating is we study multiple academic (‘core’) subjects at school—English, Maths, Science, Language, History, Art, etc.—but in our careers, we only focus on one thing.
In school we focus on many things, but in our careers we focus on one thing.
Perhaps that’s because we can’t literally do two things at once without task switching, so choosing one job is the natural option. Or maybe it’s because mastering one industry is difficult enough and attempting to be a professional in many industries is borderline insane.
But is that really true?
Are we truly focused on one thing or are we just telling ourselves that we are?
If you are an employee at a company, you likely not only have the main skill you were hired for—UX Designer for example—you also have to focus on good communication skills, time management, EQ, presentations, and negotiation (just to name a few). And if you are an entrepreneur or work at a startup, you likely have 7+ jobs on a day-to-day basis, and constantly have to switch things up and wear different hats.
And if you want to get technical, even your main skill (i.e. UX Design) has layers and layers of sub-skills you could master.
You could argue that your communication skills are just as important as your design skills.
Not only should we be learning and pushing ourselves in our main skill, but we should also be growing in our other skills too, using a ‘school’ like format. A personal life school that helps you become a well-balanced person.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1352
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