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I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had one interest. I’ve always been in a lot of things. Over these years, these things varied from swimming to 3D modeling to essays, recording in an online business (just a few). However, despite all this, I wanted to say that I would like to tell people that I am “good.”
Moreover, I realized that the people I admire, too, tend to get involved in different things, even being specialized in a particular field. Take Henry David Thoreau, for instance. People remember him for his works in nature (
Only recently, however, I learned that there is a name for this phenomenon. I came across him for the first time.
In today’s article, I’m going to explain that I have a T-person, why it can do you good, and how to start your own T-path …
So if you’re ready to “stretch yourself,” let’ s launch it!
No, being a T-person has nothing to do with part of the robot body.
T-person has deep knowledge/skills in one area and a wide base of general auxiliary knowledge/skills …
If you visually represent this depth and width, you get the form “T”:
The exact details will vary from person to person. In fact, if you are just starting, you may find that your knowledge/skills are more like “I” (a specialist without general knowledge):
Or maybe a “dash” with a variety of general knowledge, but without specialization:
If any of the above is concerned, then it is not. I’ll show you how to start building my T in the blink of an eye. First, let’ s explore.
I like to think of a T-person as an improvement in a classic saying.
When you agree to be T-shaped, you get the benefits of specialization and generalization, avoiding the pitfalls of being only a specialist or a genealist. There are only a few advantages:
Because you have a wide range of knowledge, you know quite simply to communicate with specialists in different fields. This simplifies cooperation. For example, if you are a basic history specialist (such as a history specialist) with a basic understanding of data visualization, you will be able to work more effectively with the informatics student, helping you model the chronological trend for your final project …
When you focus on one area, it can be monotonous. No matter how fascinating the subject is, diversity is the key to keeping your mind. As a T-person, you always have other areas to pay off when you need a break from your specialty ..
Even if you go to different areas to avoid boredals, you will also enjoy what happens from diving deep in one subject area. The deeper you go, the more you realize how vast your area of knowledge is and how much time you have to learn. I find it super exciting.
In art (and in business) there is a classic idea that the greatest ideas take place at the interface of disciplines. When you have a broad knowledge base, you’re building immunity for.
There are two reasons for this. The first thing you’ll have to do is to renew your expectations, compared to those who only focus on their major and have never dissipating. Therefore, you can work more than anyone who meets the requirements at position ..
Second, being a T-man just makes you more interesting. This is good for how the reception manager sees them in yours.
Now that you’re worried about the benefits of turning into a T-person, let’ s move on to how to do it!
To become a “person” is a highly choice of my own adventure game. Except that the rules are not so clear and the set of possible adventuces are almost endless. Pretty exciting, huh?The first question to be asked when you start your journey in the form T.
Unfortunately, there is no specific answer. It’s up to you.
First of all, you need to.
Here’s an example of an assessment that I created based on my current skills and knowledge …
Once you have done this honest self-esteem, you have to define:.
Let’ s break each one of them:
When you evaluate yourself for each of the existing areas, you may have noticed that you want to be stronger. For example, I would like to improve my skills in the area of copywriting and rock climbing. Note these areas in the spreadsheet so that you can start working with them ..
In some areas, you are ideally satisfied with your level and are not interested in the future. It’s all right. Don’t waste your time improving those areas that don’t matter to you …
For example, I’m fine with my very basic cooking skills. I know enough for a healthy chef, and I’m not interested in becoming next.
That’s what you don’t know right now, but you want to learn. These are the areas in which you are labeled “0” next to the self-assessment spreadsheet. Maybe you need to learn to make a better candidate, or maybe they’re just interested in you. Be that as it may, you want to start learning. For example, I want to learn web development so that I can build cool projects to complete my writing …
Finally, you need to define the scope in which you want to specialize. It’s your T gun. You may already know what this area is (for me this is the content of writting/stelling). This may be an existing area, for example, what you study in your major. Or it could be something you don’t know, but it’s actually going to be useful and interesting. No matter what you need.
I would also add these suggestions when you pick up what you need to know:
If you are not familiar with the difference between hard and soft skills.
There are a lot of skills that tell you that you are.
If you have no idea that you want to go deep, you will learn the basics of a few things that sound interesting. You’ll quickly find out what’s worth more time. It’s like classic advice for newcomers who don’t know what the main thing is: Take a variety of classes to understand that you like …
Just because you’re studying chemistry doesn’t mean you should be a chemistry expert. You can enjoy the general knowledge and the thoughts that chemistry teaches you, but knowing that you don’t want to do it for a career. For example, you can find more exciting design. If so, learn about the design on the side!
You want to make sure your base areas are specific enough to be useful (not being too specific). For example, “computer skills” is too broad to form the base of your T. What computer skills? Fotoshop? Data analysis? Web design? Creating TPS Report? You will learn how to find this balance over time …
One basic area I think.
Now that we have such ideas, let’ s look at the practical specifics. What becomes a T-person on a daily basis? I found that the key to success was
We’re talking about habits.You need to make you evolve in the shape of a T-shaped habit. I do this by accepting every area I want to improve/support and add it to mine.
For the introduction in the Beeminder, there’s a look at how Thomas uses it.
You must have noticed that I don’t need to use the Beeminder to practice. It’s because I write every day as part of my work. You can get the same benefits from outside work or just create something in your free time. For example, if you want to examine WordPress, you can.
Just make sure you periodically test and customize your practice, otherwise you’ll just be spinning wheels …
For the area where you want to be an expert, you need to pay special attention to your progress. Read this.
Something like “learning rock climbing” is a huge, vague goal. It is so vast that he can feel unthinkable, so vague that it will not be possible if you do not make it more specific. To overcome the overload, break a skill. For example, you might decide to focus on positioning or fortifit. For more, take a look at Thomas.
If you follow the above, you will be on the way to becoming a T-man …
Building T-shaped set of knowledge and skills is one of the most valuable things you can do for your future career and personal development. The combination of improved job prospects and endless intellectual participation is something that most people will only dream of, but you can make it a reality because of your habits and commitment to the process. I wish you success on your journey …
And remember, this journey will be difficult in times.
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