We can’t all be good at everything, but we’re all good at something. You can build a career on knowing how to combine average levels of ability.
This is true even if you’re not brilliant at any one thing.
The talent stack is a concept I first encountered through Scott Adams (the Dilbert cartoonist). In this post from January 2016, he predicted the rise of Donald Trump based on his unique combination of talents.
We all have some talent, skill or characteristic we already possess or can develop if we are willing to put in the time, work and energy.
This combination will give you the advantage over anyone who believes a unique talent, or passion, in just one area is enough as a base for a successful career. Look at Scott Adams’ talent stack as an example:
1. Artistic talent (mediocre)
2. Writing talent (simple and persuasive, but not Pulitzer-worthy)
3. Business skills (Good, not amazing)
4. Marketing and PR (good, not great)
5. Social media skills (mediocre)
6. Persuasion skills (above average, but not Trump-like)
Any one of those skills alone would be enough for an average career. Recognising that combining them systematically to make him more valuable is what has made Scott Adams above average. It was also the key to building a satisfying and successful career.
What do you think of this idea? How could you create a talent stack that works for you in your career?
We can help you work out your unique talent stack and then help you to build on it.
Or you could use Scott Adams’ list above as a guide. What talents have made you successful so far? What talents are you willing to develop further?