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I can’t code, and you can’t sell crap.

That line is great advice in a post from Gary Vaynerchuk.

What he’s saying: Know who you are and what you’re good at.

So many folks look at people succeeding in other professions and longingly wish they were doing that. Professors want to be business people, executives want to be coders, coders want to be entrepreneurs, and managers want to teach.

Guess what — each of those is its own thing, and people who have a natural talent for those skills will do fantastic.

And folks who aren’t as self-aware and try to jam themselves into the wrong field will never be superstars. I can practice all day long, but I’ll never be a great bass player or a baseball player.

The best thing you can do:

  • Find what you’re naturally great at
  • Find what you love

If you love it and you’re great at it — that should be your career. If you love it and you’re not a superstar — that should be your hobby.

And if you’re just starting out — try everything. You have no idea what your talents are until you try a lot of stuff, so get as many different jobs and internships as you can in as many different fields as you can. Also check out Strengths Finder 2.0 and Now, Discover Your Strengths.

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  1. Tish Grier May 13, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Thanks for posting this, Andy! I haven’t really liked Gary V, but when he turns off the f-bombs, he makes really good, and important points. Where I am, there are a bunch of web people who are also social media people. I understand how, when a business is starting out, they want a one-stop shop that can give them their website and their social media. But the thing is, there are nuances to social media marketing that a a really top-noch web designer cannot necessarily help a client to negotiate. They really can’t. It’s like me building a super nice page on WordPress, calling it a fully optimized website and saying I can design the best websites out there. It’s not true, and I’m not going to sell that kind of service to anyone. So, to follow Gary’s point, everyone has their strengths, and rather than slam-dunking the competition for small pieces of pie and (possibly) short-changing clients on their social, why not do what you do best, claim your design piece and let others do the social piece.

  2. Regina Ford May 14, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    I love Gary and it took some stomach to say some things that will upset folks. I respect the fact that some people need to reel themselves in and get introspective but I think it horrible advice. Finding what your passionate about and what you love, sure, but to focus on what you really want can get you passionate about damn near anything and I think that’s what people lack. There’s a fine line between being passionate because you know what you’ll get when you execute and looking at something with resignation and saying I can’t get that because I don’t know how to. I think that’s what he meant by “stomach”. Hope that video doesn’t discourage a Michael Jordan…

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