Leveraging your passion into something more
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I branched out across every team. I learned what people were working on and looked for ways to help. Practically, this meant taking notes in every meeting and offering to take action items off people's plates. 📝✅I absorbed everything I could.
My professional career started in technology. I remember the first database I built: Replacing a manual inventory process across six floors. I then moved into IT and network administration. I migrated our Novell server from bindery to NDS at one point, and remember installing 1GB of RAM (!) in that same server. My undergrad degree was in telecom. I lived and worked in Silicon Valley.
It was all technology all the time!
I was told (repeatedly) and taught (repeatedly) that specialization was the key to success.
Then, it wasn’t.
While technology remains core to everything and anything I do these days (automation FTW), I’m no longer “in” technology.
My focus these days is on leadership, management, business, communications, marketing, revenue generation, etc.
Along the way, I had to learn all these different corporate “languages”. Every department in every business has them.
Know (and somewhat master) those languages while leveraging your passion.
Kathleen’s advice is terrific (and certainly goes beyond startups…):
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