In school, we learn in a controlled environment where things are linear and answers can be found in a textbook. Yet, the world of work couldn’t be any more different. In fact, it’s the opposite. Reid Hoffman, co-founder of Linkedin and Paypal, discusses three important traits we miss out on in school and will all eventually figure out - either the easy way or the hard way. Here’s the easy way:
Build a competitive advantage
We’re told we can do or be anything we want to be. What we’re not told though is that everyone else also wants to be those things and they’ll be competing with you for those opportunities. In order to stand out you need to have a competitive advantage. A competitive advantage comprises of three things: assets, aspirations, and market realities.