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Career Advice: Cal Newport

If your goal is to love what you do, I discovered, “follow your passion” can be bad advice.

It’s more important to become good at something rare and valuable, and then invest the career capital this generates into the type of traits that make a job great.

The traits of control and mission are two good places to start.

– Cal Newport

👉 Cal Newport

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Career Advice: Control Trap

The Second Control Trap:

The point at which you have acquired enough career capital to get meaningful control over your working life is exactly the point when you’ve become valuable enough to your current employer that they will try to prevent you from making the change.

– Cal Newport

👉 Control Trap

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Career Advice: Core Competency

Join a company where the skills and attributes that you possess and want to further develop align with a top 3 competency of the company.

“Companies cannot be really good at more than three things. And all great companies are world class at at least one thing.”

If you do this, your employer will value you more, invest in you more, you’ll have more skilled peers and managers, etc.

👉 Core Competency

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Career Advice: Decisions

Struggling to make a decision between companies/roles/offers?

We recommend following this decision process.

👉 Decisions

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Career Advice: Delian Asparouhov

Most important filter when considering a job offer.

Do the major risks of the company have significant overlap with your skill set?

That way your destiny is in your control.

– Delian Asparouhov, Investor at Khosla Ventures

👉 Delian Asparouhov

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Career Advice: Dream Jobs

To find a dream job, look for:

Work you’re good at,

Work that helps others,

Supportive conditions: engaging work that lets you enter a state of flow; supportive colleagues; lack of major negatives like unfair pay; and work that fits your personal life.

80,000 Hours

👉 Dream Jobs

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Career Advice: Economic Growth Is Good

Economic growth in the long run tends to make the world better in all kinds of ways. If you want to have positive impact, look for opportunities to make large positive-sum contributions to economic growth.

Listen to a podcast that expands on this or read the transcript.

Tips: avoid things that are zero-sum, or that make money through addiction or a marketing-first approach (Karnofsky).

👉 Economic Growth Is Good

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Career Advice: Hiring is Failure

Hiring is a sign of failure.

But, a company that is rapidly hiring in the department you’ll be working in can signal opportunities for growth. Rapid hiring in a department often means they have more problems and opportunities than the current team can handle.

👉 Hiring is Failure

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Career Advice: How Will You Measure Your Life?

“How Will You Measure Your Life” by Clay Christensen:

You’ll be most glad if you optimize for as much challenging work, recognition, responsibility, and personal growth as possible.

In addition, get a baseline of enough “hygiene factors” (status, compensation, job security, work conditions) that you aren’t actively dissatisfied or frustrated.

👉 How Will You Measure Your Life?

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Career Advice: Hunter Walk

Midstage Startups Are Your Best First Job in Tech

  1. Your Work Will Matter

  2. Growth Creates Opportunity

  3. The Early Team Still There and They’ll Be Your Tribe for Years

  4. Your Options Very Likely Worth Something

  5. The Bias of Reputation Effect

Hunter Walk

👉 Hunter Walk

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Career Advice: Jeremy Liew

The best training for doing any job is doing that job. Not doing a related job. Doing the job itself. Sure, five years working as a VC might give you more context as a founder in the future. But not as much context as five years as a founder would.

If you know what you want to do, start doing it right away.

Jeremy Liew

👉 Jeremy Liew

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Career Advice: Keith Rabois

I always recommend to select an early-stage start-up by evaluating who your manager will be.

Keith Rabois

👉 Keith Rabois

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Career Advice: Marc Andreessen

Optimize at all times for being in the most dynamic and exciting pond you can find. That is where the great opportunities can be found.

Apply this rule when selecting which company to go to. Go to the company where all the action is happening.

Marc Andreessen

👉 Marc Andreessen

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Career Advice: Optimize for Contribution

Go to a company where the skills you have, and the skills you most deeply care about developing, align with what the company most needs.

Look at the skills you have, the skills want to be world class at in the future, and the companies that most need to be world class at those skills, and start there.

👉 Optimize for Contribution

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Career Advice: Optimizing for Learning

If you’re optimizing for learning and you don’t know what you want to learn: pick the company where you will have the best manager (the one you most admire).

👉 Optimizing for Learning

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Career Advice: Peter Thiel

What is valuable (to the world), and going to remain valuable over the next 10+ years?

What can I do (well), and maintain/improve my ability to perform at over the coming years?

What are other people not doing, and not going to start doing very soon?

– Peter Thiel

👉 Peter Thiel

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Career Advice: Sam Altman

If you join a company, my general advice is to join a company on a breakout trajectory.

– Sam Altman

👉 Sam Altman

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Career Advice: Should You Move On

  1. are you growing fast and is the company helping to promote your growth?

  2. do you enjoy working with your colleagues and are you learning from them?

  3. are you being compensated fairly?

If you can only answer “yes” to zero or one of those questions, you should definitely leave.

– Auren Hoffman

👉 Should You Move On

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👉 Updates to Breakout List

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👉 User Survey

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Career Advice: Valuable Skills

Cal Newport, author of “So Good They Can’t Ignore You,” might recommend:

Prioritize opportunities where you maximize your development of rare and valuable skills.

👉 Valuable Skills

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