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Who You Become…

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By Randy Gage in Success, Prosperity.

Scott Adams (yes that Scott Adams) frequently talks about a concept he calls talent stacking.  The gist of the concept is that it’s really hard to become the very best in the world at almost everything.  There is only one LeBron James, Maya Angelou, or Elon Musk.  But when you can stack a high degree of proficiency in two or even three areas, you make yourself extremely valuable. 

You’ve often heard me say that prosperity is created by solving problems and/or adding value.  Any time you can solve problems for someone – whether you’re a dentist who can make their toothache go away, or a mechanic who can fix their broken transmission – they will gladly exchange money for that.  Likewise, when you can add value – show Toyota how to increase production by six percent or teach a farmer how to increase her yield – they will gladly pay you for that.  When you stack your talents, you exponentially increase your ability to stand out and attract more people or organizations that will give you money to solve their problems or add value to them.

For example, MIT is only going to graduate one person at the very top of their engineering class this year.  You might not be that person.  If you’re only the 15th best engineer in the class, but you’ve also developing the talent of writing that you can stack on top of your engineering skill – you probably are a more valuable hire than the number one graduate.  Now imagine you’ve also developed your speaking talent and have the ability to make compelling, persuasive presentations…

Those three talents: engineering, writing, and presenting, make you one of the most valuable employees or partners in the world – even though you’re not in the top percentile in any of the three categories.  The synergistic benefits of the talents stacked on top of each other create an exponential leverage of your individual talents, thereby making you a much more valuable resource to a lot more people and organizations.

Now let’s get really sexy…

Suppose you have stacked some very valuable résumé talents, and now you add some “eulogy talents” – the kind of personality traits people will talk about at your funeral.  Imagine that your integrity was so ferocious, your empathy so sublime, and/or your kindness was so contagious, that’s all anyone would speak about during your eulogy.

Now you’ve taken talent stacking to the highest power: you have practical application skills that create true value, and you’re the kind of good human who people will trust and want to interact with.   You become a person so valuable that other people will joyfully, lovingly, gratefully crawl naked over broken glass to throw money at you. Your prosperity is assured for the rest of your life. Really. But there is one more benefit, one even greater…

Who you become.


– RG

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8 thoughts on “Who You Become…

  1. Robin says:

    Really great post Randy – got me thinking properly once again – thank you for what you do – it is really appreciated.

  2. jorgeamp63 says:

    Just wrote on twitter, when 2020 is over and we choose the Top 10 blog posts of the year, Randy will have at least three of them and this will be one of them.

    1. Randy Gage says:

      I’m humbled and honored.

  3. You’re example of adding value & problem solving writing for entrepreneurs, persuasive presentation skills, critical thinking and inspiring people to be their highest manifestation is positively infectious Randy.

    I had some UNknown to me suppressed and unfortunately dark feeling and emotions that may have kept limiting me. if not for the influence of your work. We are indeed at the mercy of our own ignorance. It’s catalytic. Many thanks! Who we become is the point of life. Amen.

  4. Wonderful essay! I used Scott Adams “talent stacking” concept to convince my grand daughter, the artist, to pursue an engineering degree at university.

  5. Grant Muller says:

    Talent Stacking + Character Stacking – Mind Blown. Thank you!

  6. Talent stacking. I love it. Thank you for this!

  7. Ronald Usher says:

    My father always told me to specialise ??? but really did not understand what he meant !! you have re-ignited my flame re this. Don’t try to learn everything, or you will become a MASTER of NONE. Like you say stack the best you know and SPECIALISE !!!


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