Meta-Skills

Note to my future self…

If you assume that your time is your most valuable asset, then you will place a premium on developing the skills that will yield the highest return [however you choose to measure that]. By the same token then you will want to develop skills that help you develop other skills. In other words, the most valuable skills are those that are intrinsically valuable and help you acquire other skills. Enter the meta-skill:

Meta-skill (n): a skill that allows one to leverage other skills, made up of practical knowledge tied to an internal sense of self-efficacy.

These are the meta-skills that I am currently focused on:

  1. Reading
  2. Writing
  3. Meditating
  4. Exercising
  5. Building (companies)

Frankly I think it will take me years if not a whole lifetime to master these skills so I might never move beyond these five. I am interested in developing other skills like drawing or dancing and although I will get to them in due time I know that I will probably not be world class at them. I am ok with this because I will derive the most value from getting good at these five skills. As with everything else there are trade-offs. For now focusing on developing these 5 core skills is worth the trade-off.

Now back to work…