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Why Your Broad Interests Are Holding You Back | AgilityThink #19

Why Your Broad Interests Are Holding You Back | AgilityThink #19
By Marti Konstant • Issue #19 • View online
In this edition:
  1. Why Your Broad Interests Are Holding You Back
  2. How to Visually Stand Out and Enhance your Personal Brand on Instagram
  3. Everything That’d Be Different if You Stopped Believing in a Linear Career Path
  4. Your UPS Deliveries May Soon Arrive in Electric Trucks
  5. This is How to Pitch Your Idea Like a Pixar Producer
  6. Reminder: Join Me Online Next Week!
“Doing it all” is a trap.
You may think:
“My broad interest patterns make me more interesting”
or “My boundless energy and proof of productivity by doing everything in the department will surely capture attention and advance my career.”
But these assumptions are only partially true.
While these habits and characteristics might be valuable to your boss in the short term, there is a limited return for your future career traction.
When you are broadly focused and not specific enough regarding your distinctive value, it is difficult to break through or get noticed in the workplace or in your industry.
It’s up to you to develop your personal brand to help people remember you.
Sheahan’s Wall
When your activities cover a broad spectrum of activities, Peter Sheahan suggests you hit “Sheahan’s Wall”.
Peter noticed people choose many different topics and tactics in an attempt to separate from the crowd, yet they cannot break through the wall. They boomerang back into a sea of noise.
For individuals and entrepreneurs, the solution is to pick one thing you are really good at, something that ignites your passion. Focus on that until you break through to the other side of recognition and trust.
You might think, “but I have many talents.”
However, focusing all your efforts on one topic results in breaking through workplace and market clutter.
Once you are the go-to person for one thing, you have established demand for your talents and services. People will remember you.
You will eventually be able to broaden your contributions, topics, and services due to the power of your individual brand and reputation.
And don’t forget to highlight the problem you solve with your unique brand.
What do you want to become known for, and what problem does that solve?
OK, I’ll go first. I want to be known for agility. The problem I solve is fear of change.
Your turn.

Concept: Peter Sheahan, Illustration: Marti Konstant
Concept: Peter Sheahan, Illustration: Marti Konstant
As always, here’s what you can expect from this nifty newsletter:
  • Lessons learned, personal and professional – that’s the opener
  • Link to weekly post about career development, the workplace, personal branding tips, research ideas, or agility content – authored by moi!
  • Occasional “something to think about” visual images, expressions and quotes that catch my eye
  • Links to roundup articles about life, tech, design, careers, or trends from around the universe
  • You will receive in your inbox on Thursdays 
How to Visually Stand Out and Enhance your Personal Brand on Instagram
Everything That'd Be Different if You Stopped Believing in a Linear Career Path
Your UPS Deliveries May Soon Arrive in Electric Trucks
This is How to Pitch Your Idea Like a Pixar Producer
Join Me Online Next Week!
Reminder: Join me on Tuesday for the Online Author Salon featuring my presentation on Career Agility, Future of Work, and Your Happiness. Learn how to apply career agility principles to help you advance in your career and more! Bonus - we’re also going to discuss how to gain best-seller status on Amazon.
Grab your virtual seat here. If you can’t make it live, go ahead and register so we can send you the recording!
Looking forward to it!
Marti
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