We often make the topic of career more complicated than it ought to be.
What you – or any of us – needs is to find one or two things we can become really good at making or doing. And then do a lot of it.
Sure, you can push yourself to try new things. That’s how you expand. And those new things may even become your main thing. But first, you need to start with something.
Finding that thing can be hard. It usually requires a lot of trial and error, and a few outside voices to affirm you’re on the right track. You also need an expert or two to bring the very best out of you.
And finally, you need to practice. A lot. More than you think.
That’s why education is so important. Helping people learn what they’re good at means they start doing it sooner. And the sooner they start, the sooner they grow in their confidence and understanding of that craft, themselves, and even their world.
More importantly, if we can teach people how to find what they’re good at, they learn to adapt as the world around them changes.
That’s why experience matters. That’s why community matters.
So if you’re stuck, pay attention to what you can do well and how you can continue growing. And if you need help defining that, come hang out with the crew at Ei. We’re here to help.
PS: One of the things I continue to hear is the need to connect with other bright people interested in learning together. So we just launched two evening events and created a 25% off code (MAKE) if you snag your tickets by Friday:
August 2nd | Build to Think: How to approach your biggest problem through prototyping (tickets here)
Sponsored by WeWork & Bridge International
August 8th | Design Your Career
Created in collaboration with our friends at Lost Arts (tickets here)