Scott Adams often talks about systems vs goals. In his book, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, he argues that having a system rather than a goal can be more potent than just focusing all your effort into one thing.
1 – Take Inventory
Old skills and failures:
Maybe you’re like me and you spent years thinking you were going to be the next guitar god or musician only to realize you’re not going to be anywhere close that.
Maybe you’re like me and studied a foreign language for years and found out you just don’t care about learning it anymore.
Maybe you’ve started countless websites that went nowhere.
Maybe you did something for a while and just found out your not cut for the big leagues.
- All these leftover skills are something everyone has and can be used to form your very own talent stack.
This whole website is an example off all the left over skills I’ve accumulated, taken inventory of, and put into execution. I’m not even the best speaker or video maker in the world but my YouTube channel have over 210,000 views on it and I’ve got 550+ subscribers.
Here’s an example of what I did with my leftover talent of Japanese:
I was good enough to translate a documentary no one else had done. I found it just by searching for Japanese documentaries in Japanese.
If you have a bunch of left over talents you can be just as successful as someone who is excellent in one. Scott Adams, even says he isn’t the best artist, but when you combine his talent stack (persuasion, hypnosis, and comedy writing) you get a powerful combination.
2 – Get Over Limiting Beliefs
I’ve quit many things because I thought, “Whats the point if I’m not the best?”
Things I’ve tried and failed at:
I quit the guitar, because I wasn’t the best.
I quit the trumpet, because I wasn’t the best.
I quit countless websites because someone already wrote or did one better.
But those where just limiting beliefs. You don’t have to be the best to get over 100,000 + views on YouTube. The video below is something I made in FL studio (a beat making software) and I used my experience in the Japanese language to find these facts on Japanese websites. All of this was made in iMovie and didn’t take me very long.
Talent Stack vs Being Great at Something
Scott Adams proves that you can be average at something but what matter most is your talent stack.
My talent stack is this:
-Studying books on marketing, psychology, persuasion, copywriting, writing, and fiction.
-Average at beat making
-Good at guitar and trumpet
-Can speak Japanese
When you combine all those things that is way more deadly than just being good at one thing. To tie all those things together I could translate my video into Japanese, and put the YouTube description into Japanese reaching a far bigger audience than someone who can only speak English.
3 – Find a new medium to combine all those left over talents
My medium is my website and making how-to videos, talking about Japan, and writing. I could easily apply these skills to anything and still be successful.
If you have a bunch of left over skills you can still put them to use. Make a list of all the forgotten hobbies, books, and failed websites you started.
See if there is a new medium you can direct those talents to. It might be a YouTube channel, art, or photography.