Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Money or learning opportunity?

That's the question Kate's brother asked me tonight regarding choice of jobs.

Of course I told him, learning, learning, learning while I pounded my fist on the couch. I explained to him that if he finds a company > department > role that he likes (probably need to do it in that order) then learn and gain as much meaningful experience as he can. If he learns a lot and obtains that experience the money will come.

They talk about this in the book The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers : The Guide for Achieving Success and Satisfaction .

They talk about the difference between potential value and experiential value. Use your experiential value (that gained from experience) to also build up your potential value. This increased potential value opens more doors and allows others to have confidence in you and offer projects/roles that can in turn increase your experiential value.

Experience > Potential > Experience > Potential, etc...


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