Persistence actually does matter more than talent

A few years ago, I wrote a book called The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need to help young (and old) people understand the world of work. The 160-page graphic novel about a hapless office clerk, a tart-tongued sprite, and some magic chopsticks takes a whopping half-hour to read. But I know you’re busy, so let me save you 29 minutes by listing the book’s 6 key career lessons:
1. There is no plan.
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Make decisions for fundamental, not instrumental, reasons.
2. Think strengths, not weaknesses.
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Do the things you do well — that give you energy rather than drain it.
3. It’s not about you.
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The most successful people improve their own lives by improving others’ lives.
4. Persistence trumps talent.
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There are massive returns to doggedness.
5. Make excellent mistakes.
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Commit errors from which the benefits of what you’ve learned exceed the costs of what you’ve screwed up.
6. Leave an imprint.
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Recognize that your life isn’t infinite and that you should use your limited time here to do something that matters.