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Semipro Everything

August 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Okay, so I’m getting married in less than a week and I’ll be gaining a new uncle who, I kid you not, is good at just about everything.  He will beat you in pool, he will beat you in golf, he will beat you in darts.  He can snowboard, ski, wakeboard, and waterski better than you.  If you jump off a tall cliff into a lake in the middle of summer, he will dive off a taller cliff into freezing Lake Tahoe in the winter.  Let’s put it this way, the guy is GOOD.  He’s always the guy to beat no matter what game we’re playing or what adventure we’re embarking on.  He is what we call: Semipro Everything.  Not quite professional, but good enough to be better than everyone else.

This is the key to Professional Diversification, just viewed in a different light.  When it comes to your career, you want to be semipro everything.  You want to be good at this and good at that, at least better than everyone else.  To be honest, it really doesn’t take much.  A little research here and a little practice there, and you’re on your way to being able to add some more skills to your portfolio.  Think about it this way, you go home after work and research the stock market.  You learn how it works, how to invest your money, where to invest your money, and all the tips and tricks to being successful in the stock market.  It takes a couple minutes every night, but you now have an opportunity to earn additional income on top of your normal salary because you know how to properly invest in the stock market.  You don’t have to go to school and become a stock broker to make money.  All you have to do is know enough to be dangerous.  Like I said before, Semipro Everything.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try Once More, and Then Try Something Else

July 15, 2011 1 comment

I recently wrote a post called How to Succeed in Life with the Help of Peter Drucker.  In the article that I read that gave me the inspiration to write that post, I learned a lot about Peter Drucker, someone I’d never heard of before.  Peter Drucker was an advocate of not wasting time on tasks that aren’t going to help you out in life.  Most people are familiar with the statement, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  Well Drucker disagreed with this statement.  Instead, he advised, “If at first you don’t succeed, try once more, and then try something else.”  For example, Drucker wrote two novels in his lifetime.  Neither books were a success, so he gave it up and never wrote fiction again.

I have a couple examples of my own of times that I tried once, tried one more time, and then stopped wasting my time trying to succeed. The first example has to do with wakeboarding. A couple years ago, I went out on a friends boat to go wakeboarding. I’d never wakeboarded before, but I thought “How hard could it be?” I used to skateboard when I was younger and I do a lot of snowboarding now. It can’t be that much different. Well, let me tell you, it’s not as easy as it looks. With that being said, I never got up that day, but instead was dragged behind a boat all day. A couple weeks later I went out with my family on my cousin’s boat. It was a wakeboard boat, so of course we all had to try wakeboarding. I was skeptical, obviously, since last time I failed miserably, but I gave it one more try. Again, I could not get up. My cousin and uncle tried teaching me some techniques, but nothing helped. After that, I gave it up. I haven’t wakeboarded since then. I figured I’d rather not waste my time (and energy) trying to do something that just wasn’t working.

My second example has to do with me playing baseball in high school and how I got where I am today, but I encourage you to watch the video to hear me talk about that. After you watch the video, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.  This is my first video blog, so I’d love to hear your feedback.