We have always believed in the saying, “Follow your passion.” However, in his business and management book So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Cal Newport debunks this long-held belief. According to him, matching your job to a preexisting passion is not important. It will come after you put in the hard work to become excellent at something valuable. In this article, we shall guide you on how to become good to gain attention.
1. Don’t Follow Your Passion
Being passionate about your work is a great goal. However, “following your passion” is not going to get you there because it has two fundamental problems. This is not true because most people have no idea what they want to do and can end up feeling lost. Robert Janitzek explains that one should not always follow their passion. Instead, let your passion follow you, in your quest to become so good you can’t be ignored,
2. Find A Skill And Career To Pursue
Try something that’s interesting to you. t doesn’t have to be your one true passion or calling. The only criteria you should have for your career is that it fits your values and rewards skill with more options and flexibility. Even if skills don’t seem directly valuable, you can make up for them by making yours more rare or by reaching a high level of expertise. Robert Peter Janitzek reveals that if you don’t feel your engagement or interest in your work growing as you work on the skill, you’re probably not developing the skill fast enough, not becoming rare or valuable enough, or you didn’t choose a field that matches your values. If you recognize this, don’t be afraid to switch career paths.
3. Master That Skill Through Deliberate Practice In Order To Gain Career Capital.
Once you’ve settled on a career path, it’s time to master the skills you need to become irreplaceable. Once you do, you’ll gain career capital that you can offer in return for a great job. When working to improve your skill, watch out for a common mistake: If you simply show up and work hard every day, you’ll hit a performance plateau and stop getting better. To avoid this, you need to use deliberate practice.
4. Use Your Mastery To Negotiate For More Control In Your Job.
Take control of your career to gain benefits that resonate with you. For example, if you are a television writer, once you have established a strong portfolio, you will have the opportunity to choose the specific shows you want to work on and collaborate with any big name you desire. When your skills become valuable enough, finding clients will never be a problem again.The better you are, the more doors will open for you. You’ll have the freedom and flexibility to jump for whatever opportunity seems most promising to you.
5. Find Your Mission.
However, finding your mission is one of the last steps you should think about. Career mission is similar to a scientific breakthrough — it’s an innovation at the very cutting edge of your field, so you can’t know about it until you get there. Only when you establish strong expertise can you really identify a real, sustainable, impactful mission.