To thrive, find your niche.
#15. Become a specialist, cater for a future need
In Zero to One, Peter Thiel tells us that in response to the uncertain future of the world (it’s never been more uncertain than now, primarily due to the rate of technological advancement) there are two main ways to respond:
1. Develop general skills, so that you can adapt to the direction it goes in.
2. Identify and develop a specific skill/area of expertise that you predict will be valuable in the future.
Our society encourages the first; the education system applauds people who are quite good in multiple areas; sport, academia and a plethora of other extracurricular activities.
However, the reality is that this doesn’t prepare us for much other than having a nice CV to show future employers.
The second is the best choice for someone that wants to thrive but is also more difficult and requires greater commitment. You must select one area that you are naturally good at and work hard until you become great.
I will be writing on this process over the coming weeks, as I try to figure it out for myself.