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Immediately Jump on the Obscure and Fleeting, but Don't Forget the Low Hanging Fruit

When you come across some era of history you've never heard before that might be fascinating, or an obscure but highly recommended book on conflict management, or you come across some primary source papers that are largely unread any more about an important event - jump on it right away.

You'll never really be motivated to read Baldissare Castiglione by Julia Cartwright. It's an obscure-ish book, cited not particularly often, about the 17th most interesting guy in the Renaissance. He hung out with da Vinci, and Borgia, and met all the Popes of his lifetime, but you'd have to either really love the Renaissance, or come across Il Cortegiano in research to read him.

Baldis-who? If you don't look him up now, it likely won't come up later.

A lot of good strategy and being a successful generalist is about picking up obscure skills. Steve Jobs talked in his famous Stanford address about how the class he took on calligraphy in his late teens became one of the drivers behind the Mac being the first computer with beautiful typeface.

There's plenty of calligraphers in the world, but how many calligrapher-entrepreneur-designers? A good mix and synergy of skills gives you the ability to make a contribution. A good mix and synergy that includes something obscure can help you make an original contribution.

Chewing The Curd

On Born Again Techie

After all the soul searching and Internet searching is done. I end up with.... LOTS of CONFUSION. Feel like a fool to think that I can master software development all by own self.....

Until...

I remembered my strengths.... and weaknesses ... and came up with a PLAN... of sorts.

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