The start-up of you – Executive summary

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Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career
Reid Hoffman (Cofounder Linkedin) and Ben Casnocha present a visual summary of there best-selling book – “the Startup of You”. It demonstrates how work and careers need a new entrepreneurial mindset in our fast changing world – Not just for entrepreneurs, but for everyone who want to make an impact in their lives.
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ALL HUMANS ARE ENTREPRENEURS

Why are humans born entrepreneurs?

– Our ancestors had to be resourceful and creative to feed themselves and survive.
– Work in its current form is a new invention and the rare exception in history, not a natural human state.

How has the world of work changed?…..

DEVELOP A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

3 factors that form your competitive advantage:
1. Assets.
— Two types of assets: Hard assets (like cash, stocks, and physical possessions) and soft assets (like skills, experiences, connections, and knowledge).
2. Aspirations.
— Include your vision of the future, goals, deepest wishes, and core values (regardless of the market realities or your existing assets).
3. Market realities.
— What people will actually pay you for.

PLAN TO ADAPT

Should you craft a detailed plan and persistently work to make it happen? Or do you stay flexible in order to seize unexpected opportunity?
– Both: plan to adapt.
– Follow plans with discipline, yet have no firm plans.
– Be flexibly persistent: always ready to adapt (for valid reasons), yet persistent in driving towards set goals.

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