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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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