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Maximize the Return on Your Career

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You will invest 80,000 hours of your life working...

Here's how to maximize your return on that investment (inspired by Warren Buffett):

1/ Invest in Yourself

Keep sharpening your axe. Prioritize personal growth by continually learning new skills and refining existing ones. This helps you remain relevant and competitive within and outside the boundaries of your organization.

2/ Cultivate a Long-Term Mindset

Develop a career plan, and consistently align your actions with your long-term goals. Also invest in building and maintaining a strong network to support you along the way.

3/ Diversify Your Portfolio

Broaden your horizons by exploring various industries, roles, and/or skill sets. This adaptability will make you a more versatile, and valuable professional.

4/ Know Your Circle of Competence

Identify your strengths and align your career plan accordingly. By focusing on your areas of expertise, you'll maximize impact and be fulfilled in your career.

5/ Be Patient and Persistent

Success isn't built overnight; it's a gradual process. Stay resilient amidst setbacks and obstacles. Lean on consistency of effort and compounding for outsized long term returns.

6/ Prioritize High-Impact Work

Be intentional about working on things that move the needle for customers and the organization. Consistently engaging in such work will accelerate your growth.

7/ Focus Intently

Opportunities and demands on your time are endless. The ability to discern and decline is as valuable as the capacity to engage. Learn to say no, to concentrated your efforts on areas that truly matter and support your career objectives.

P.S. Don't forget to periodically review your career 'portfolio' and rebalance as necessary. Just as markets change, so do your interests, opportunities, and life goals.