If you want to have an excellent career, you should take risks and mine your networks for information, according to LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman.
The billionaire founder of the professional networking site wrote The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career with fellow entrepreneur Ben Casnocha.
News.com.au has highlighted seven of the book’s key tips for a remarkable career: All humans are entrepreneurs, according to the authors.
No matter what your job is, your entrepreneurial venture is your own career, they say. Forge new sorts of careers.
Chart a career path that sets you apart from other professionals and pick a market niche where you’re better than the competition.
To be successful, your skills, aspirations and market value need to work together to make you better than other professionals in your work market.
Plan to adapt: Your identity emerges through experimentation, so always have an experimental plan A, and alternative plan B and a certain fall-back option plan Z for your career.
“Every job boils down to interacting with people,” Hoffman and Casnocha write. Strengthen your relationships, and leverage their connections as well as yours. Create a networking fund with a percentage of your pay to cover coffee, lunches and other meetings.
Remarkable careers are punctuated by breakout opportunities, not steady growth. Opportunities are linked to people, so make as many contacts as you can - join clubs and attend conferences. Take intelligent risks: If you take small risks every day, you’re less likely to run into trouble when you take bigger career risks.