Minisode Monday #50 | Skill Stacking for Top Performance

Welcome to Minisode Monday, where we kick off the week with something quick and actionable — to make you more magnetic and effective — that you can implement right away.

This week, Dilbert‘s Scott Adams rejoins us to talk about a concept called skill stacking — and how it can put you in the top one percent of performers in any area (or mix of areas, as the case may be).

Let’s get to it!

The Cheat Sheet:

  • It’s not good enough that you’re really good at one thing — because there are probably a lot of people who are also really good at that one thing.
  • But if you can pick up other skills that complement this one thing — like public speaking, persuasion, communicating, and writing — you’ve got an edge. You’re skill stacking.
  • According to Scott, every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.
  • Scott says he’s not a great artist, a great writer, the funniest person in the room, or a stellar businessperson, but his skill stacking of these talents makes him a unique force in the market.
  • Did you know that Dilbert was the first syndicated comic on the Internet? That’s because Scott had an early insight into the importance of this then-new medium. A cartoonist who is only a cartoonist might have missed out.
  • In short: you don’t have to be world-class in anything to succeed. If you’re in the top twenty percent in a number of skills that go well together, you end up with unique enough skill stacking that will be sought by others.
  • Listen to this episode to learn more about how to identify your own abilities, what abilities you can’t go wrong in picking up, and how you can get to skill stacking today.
  • To learn more about social dynamics and productivity hacks, take the Art of Charm Challenge by clicking here, or text AOC to 38470.
  • Also be sure to check out our Social Capital Intensive here!
  • Let us know about how you put today’s Minisode Monday into practice! Tweet with @TheArtofCharm in your response or write to Jordan directly: [email protected] (he actually reads everything)!


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Jordan Harbinger - author of 952 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.


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