Measure what matters: Getting good at things you don’t want to do

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I came across a thought provoking tweet recently:

“Be careful about getting good at things you don’t want to do.”

This reminded me of the advice: Don’t major in minors. Don’t specialise in making issues out of non-issues.

As obvious as that sounds, it is fairly easy to fall into that trap if we are solving for extrinsic measures of success: more money, prestigious roles, better titles, etc.

And, extrinsic measures tend to be a natural outcome if all we solve for is “what should I do next?”

A better approach tends to be to invest in solving who we want to be instead of what we want to do.

It is more upfront investment to understand our motives and values. What Simon Sinek refers to as our “Why.”

But, once we do the legwork, solving what we want to do in a way that actually helps us get good at things we want to do turns out to be surprisingly tractable.

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