The thesis from last week was that we find a mission only once we are at the cutting edge of our fields. So, how do we put that mission into action? Here’s a story..
Kirk French was an archaeologist at Penn State with a mission – to help educate people about archaeology and have fun doing so! So, when the archaeological department received a call from a random person who claimed he had unearthed the treasure from the Knights Templar in his backyard, Kirk didn’t laugh along with his other colleagues.
– Instead, Kirk decided to visit the man and actually understand where he was coming from (and had lots of fun helping the man understand the facts..!)
– A couple of similar visits later, he started taking a video camera with him and launched a documentary project called “Armchair Archaeologist” and began doing so in his spare time
– He raised some money from Penn State for his project soon after
– A few months down the line, a production group contacted Penn State for TV show ideas – Voila! Kirk sent some of his footage
– They, in turn, sent his footage to the History channel and they paid up front for 8 episodes!
That’s how the TV show – “American Treasures” was born. Kirk asked his best friend, Jason De Leon to join him as co-host and he was on his way!
While this is just an isolated story, Cal demonstrates how one success after another occurred after tons of little bets!
In summary –
Don’t follow your passion -> Apply deliberate practice, the “craftsman mindset” to what you do
-> Be so good they can’t ignore you -> Build career capital -> Exchange career capital for more control
-> You will find a mission once you are at the cutting edge of your field (think small i.e. in terms of next step)
-> Take lots of little bets to make this mission real..!
I hope you enjoyed the series as much I enjoyed it..
Here’s to taking lots of little bets this week!