Double-down on your strengths

Well, it has been a while since I’ve posted… but I wanted to make a quick update for those of you following along.

Since my last update, I’ve obtained my Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator certification, and started a new job back in July. Oh and I relocated to the D.C. Metro area as well.

Whats the purpose of tonights post? To convey the importance of doubling down on your strengths and severing your weaknesses. I say this because doing so has been the cornerstone of my career. When I was young and naive, my goal was to be the “do-it-all” guy; you know… the jack of all trades type? This is something I say is worth doing early on in your career, while you try and figure out what you’re into.

However, once you have discovered what floats your boat, it’s time to really, and I mean REALLY double down on those interests. Not only because it’s the most efficient use of your time and energy… but also because… IT PAYS BETTER. Yup.. I said it.

it. pays. better.

Being a subject matter expert in a particular field, even if it is niche, will bring you home more bacon. Additionally it will make you happier. You won’t feel like you’re a n00b anymore, and as time goes on — people will come to you in their time of need; Looking for your hard earned expertise! With that said, I’m not saying disengage from your surroundings; On the contrary, it is important that you stay sharp and aware of trends in your industry so that you can apply and adapt that knowledge to your ever evolving skillset.

Thats the thing about your strengths, they stay the same, even as the technology changes — if you like building stuff, if you like coding, if you like breaking stuff and fixing it again — whatever it is… follow that itch!

Until next time~

J

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