One of the things I love about having a blog is that it’s a space to think things through. This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while and so needed to solidify my views by committing it to writing.
Interest can get you a long way in life. If you’re interested in something it fires your curiosity and motivates you to do something about it.
- People interested in photography tend to buy a decent camera and practice until they become better.
- Those interested in collaborative technologies tend to use them with others and evangelise their use.
- Individuals interested in endangered species are usually the ones found donating their money and volunteering.
That’s why interest leads to an increase in awareness and skill level. That, according to Seth Godin in Linchpin, makes you immensely valuable:
The commonly-followed trajectory is from interest to a job/employment in that area. Which is great. What you need to make sure of, however, is that you don’t lose the relevant, up-to-date domain knowledge (green circle) in your trajectory to the right of the Venn diagram.