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The Real Career Landscape

The Real Career Landscape
If you can figure out how to get a reasonably accurate picture of the real career landscape out there, you have a massive edge over everyone else, most of whom will be using outdated conventional wisdom as their instruction booklet.

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Leverage Your Competitive Advantage

Career plans should leverage your assets, set you in direction of your aspirations, and account for the market realities.

  • Articulate educated hypotheses about each. “I believe I am skilled at X, I believe I want to do Y, I believe the market needs Z.” 
  • These hypotheses should lead you to specific actions even though you may have broad aspirations, like “help interesting people do interesting things” or “design human ecosystems.” 
Prioritize Learning

A person with a foundation of knowledge and skills will make more money and most likely live a more meaningful life.
There’s a similar belief in start-ups: technology companies focus on learning over profitability in the early years to maximize revenue in the later years.

Prioritize plans that offer the best chance at learning about yourself and the world. Ask yourself, “Which plan offers the most learning potential?”

Learn by Doing

Any entrepreneur (and any expert on cognition / learning) will tell you that practical knowledge is best developed by doing, not just thinking or planning.

For careers, too, you don’t know what the best plan is until you try. 

Not reaching your goals

Take the goal you didn’t achieve and try a different approach. Doing the same thing over and over to achieve your goal is the definition of insanity.

Your heroes miss their goals too. What makes them stand out is that they don’t give up. The fun of goal-setting is knowing that you’ll fail.

Being criticized

You can’t please everybody that you meet in life.

Critics are not all bad. You can learn things about yourself from them too. The solution is to learn from criticism, not be afraid of it.

Messing up your career

See career challenges for what they are: an opportunity to try something different

If your career never got messed up, then you’d probably stay in your comfort-zone for your entire life and never try something different.

Burnout and Chronic Stress
Burnout and Chronic Stress

Burnout is the end result of chronic stress, and is increasingly common in this fast-paced, chaotic and complex world. Political instability, relationship issues, family problems, and even social media are making things worse.

A job search portal reports 69 percent of employees are experiencing burnout while working from home.

Burnout Recovery

If a person is aware of one’s condition and takes charge of one’s own wellbeing, it is possible to recover from burnout. At the end of the day, our life is our own world, and if we don’t like it, we should attempt to change it.

Example: To tackle Work from home burnout, one can take the necessary steps to clearly draw lines to separate work and home affairs, while getting adequate sleep.

Burnout Recovery: Helpful Remedies
  1. A break from work.
  2. Taking up a hobby, like painting or writing.
  3. Regular exercise.
  4. Ample amount of sleep.
  5. Working on one’s relationships.