Last 2 paragraphs should be mandatory reading for all children.
“The question, then, is how to develop that differentiation.
With a breadth of experience: As Steve Jobs used to say, a lot of it comes through the things that you’ve lived through: the more varied the bag of experiences that you’re walking around the world with, the better you can relate to colleagues and customers–and those connections create value.
With a depth of understanding: Let’s go back to that media company example, since we can’t help but gaze at our own navels. If we recognize that our organization has a gaping need–like analytics now or social media two years ago–then we want to develop a competency in that systemic incompetency.
But since no one at the company knows how to do it and you can’t exactly go back to grad school while you’re working, you’ll need to get non-institutional. Luckily, you don’t need to go back to school; as Kio Stark might say, school doesn’t have a monopoly on learning. And the cultivated autodidact will find ways to get at that skill development–it’s all a part of cultivating unstoppability, every day.”