Your Career as a Startup

the startup of youA year ago, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha published The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform your Career. In commemoration of the one year anniversary of the book’s launch, they released a visual summary of the book. This presentation elegantly articulates the #CareerGravity mindset.

The book’s website explains it this way:

Welcome To Permanent Beta

We are all works in progress. It doesn’t matter whether you are a recent graduate, a seasoned professional, or a reinventing yourself mid-career. Great people, like great companies, are always evolving. They’re never finished and never fully developed. Each day presents an opportunity to learn more, do more, grow more. Permanent beta is a lifelong commitment to continuous personal growth. It is the mindset of every entrepreneur of life.

Their solution has two parts.

  1. First, they insist that we all need to be in permanent beta mode. This refers to the initial launch phases of a startup company, then they launch in a limited, admittedly unfinished state. This means thinking of yourself as a work in progress and investing in yourself every single day.
  2. Second, they suggest developing an entrepreneurial, adaptive skill set. The rest of the presentation defines these skills.

Take a look at the embedded presentation below and grab yourself a copy of their book.

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