Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Barbell Career Strategy

I read across an interesting article over at Inc. recently, which I recommend you read. But, in case you only read my posts, which I appreciate, I'll sum it up. It cites European professor Horatio Falcao's conclusions that the traditional work-life divide leads to unhappiness and suggests diversifying your time strategy.

When it comes to career, you need to invest some time in something outside your stable daily grind. Falcao suggests something risky, and outside your normal safety zone. He defines the strategy like a barbell, focused on high risk and reward items as well as totally safe endeavors with no room for anything that falls in the middle of the spectrum.

So here's the challenge: what is your high-risk and high-reward pursuit?

  • Starting a part-time business
  • Taking training in something outside your field
  • Pursuing a hobby
  • Doing some charity or pro bono work
  • Something crazier
For me, writing (and this blog) is likely part of mine. But what's yours? I would love to hear about it. Leave me a comment below or Tweet at me and let me know.

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