Most of what I’ve learned comes from experience, often failures — the times I’ve been called ‘stupid’, the time I made a mistake on Youtube, the time when I tried be to be smart but it backfired — they’re all experiences that have taught me something valuable.

But besides the lessons that come from experiencing, I’ve also learned a lot from books. You could say, in a sense, that I’ve had many mentors from the books I’ve read who’ve helped shape the way I think and view life.

In Tim Ferriss’ latest book, The Tools of Titans, I stumbled across a piece of advice from Scott Adams, the creator of the comic strip Dilbert, that really resonated with me and made me reevaluate my career choices. He said:

If you want to be extraordinary, you have two paths:
1) Become the best at one specific thing.
2) Become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.

Every one of us have dreamed of being the best at something, at one point or another, but the truth is, deep inside, most of us know we will never be the best. It’s not that we’re being self-deprecating, it’s us being practical. The bar in becoming the best in any industry is so high that unless someone is willing to dedicate their entire life towards it, it’s not likely to be possible. For those people who succeed, it’s more than just their dream, it’s their life.

Becoming very good at two or more things on the other hand is a lot more achievable. The idea is that by being good at two things, you’ll not only beat the majority of people who focus on one, but you’ll have the opportunity to take those two skills and merge them to create something unique and special that belongs to you.

Scott Adams attributes his success with Dilbert by combining two of the things he knew best: his ability to draw and his satirical sense of humor.

I haven’t quite figured out what my two skills are yet, but at least I’m thinking about it, and it’s a start.

Now it’s my turn to ask you: What are two skills that you could really see yourself pursuing?

  1. Sanya
    Apr 19, 2018

    Writing and research – I think I am a fairly reflective person and fairly decent at both. Hah. Thank you for sharing

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    • John Watwood
      Apr 20, 2018

      My sentiments exactly.

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  2. John Watwood
    Apr 20, 2018

    Everyone should read. Everything that seems important, or, catches their interest. A lot of knowledge out there in books and reading. I never was told I was stupid; the opposite in fact. But, I never went the academia way. Much to my chagrin, but also, much to my benefit. I would not know what I know now without my experiences. Some good, some bad. I do know the knowledge that I have have, never came from State schooling. Just a tip with college classes, but the rest I learned by research. And experience as you apparently have. Being homeless does something to someone. To have nothing, that in which we are told we are suppose to have. We all need necessities to survive, but to live, be alive we need contentment and happiness, and the resolve and strength to keep it. I like reading your writings Mizz Sun, it is heartfelt.

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    • Tiffany Sun
      Apr 23, 2018

      As they say, “knowledge is power.” And if you read something good, there’s a chance it’d change your entire perspective and your life. Thanks for stopping by John. Hope to talk to you again!

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  3. John Watwood
    Apr 20, 2018

    I did not see knowledge in the selections. Knowledge is the key. Search for it, it is an addiction, and the only one of it’s kind that is beautiful.

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  4. Leila Bove
    Apr 21, 2018

    Thanks for sharing!! Yep, me too! I’m not the top 25% best at two or more things, but I am following my heart, my passions. So, I am trying to put in my at least 10,000 hours. I try not to compare myself with someone else, but rather collaborate with them and learn from someone who inspires me. I haven’t found that person yet, but I have a feeling that I will soon. I learned that every successful / “talented” person started from somewhere.

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    • Tiffany Sun
      Apr 23, 2018

      You’re doing exactly what would help you best! Keep going, and hope to hear where you’re putting those 10,000 hours. 😉

      Thanks for reading, Leila!

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  5. Peter
    Apr 23, 2018

    Great and simple advice. The most important part is choosing what you want to do. Once you do that, everything else is easier. Thanks for the post.

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    • Tiffany Sun
      Apr 25, 2018

      Exactly! 👊🏻

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