Mastering Work Vs Mastering Connectivity

Work is simple. You start with a desired outcome and pick a set of tools to get yourself there. The path is clear. The more you put in, the closer you move towards the desired outcome. It may be difficult, but it’s still simple.

E.g. The path to mastery for a programmer is simple: put in the hours of deliberate study, working with peers, learning from experts, reading code, teaching others, etc., and you’ll become a master programmer. Simple.

What’s difficult for people who have mastered this process, what we’re all taught to do at school and in the workplace, is to master relationships. Real human connection that can drive success. Connectivity that gives importance to the work. Without people, the work would be meaningless.

While it’s important to put forward your best work (clean, precise, legible code, for example), making connections with people is vastly more important.

The good news is that most people don’t spend enough time and effort on connecting. Their time is mostly spent on work, leaving a huge gap available to those who emphasize connecting with others.

The nore time and effort spent on ceonnecting, the greater the chance of your work holding meaning and importance.