Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher quotes on career advice

Unemployed. Built @visualizevalue, building @value.

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Employment is a game you play. Entrepreneurship is a game you design.

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Consume to feel smarter. Produce to get smarter.

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It takes more work than you think. It takes less permission than you think.

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Your options: 1. Promote yourself. 2. Work for someone who promotes themselves.

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Employment: external pressure. Entrepreneurship: internal pressure.

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What you think you need: A brand A website A following What you actually need: Something to say

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If you want more visibility, be more transparent.

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Step 1. Get really good at something. Step 2. Add leverage.

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Attention is the cheapest it's ever been. Start building your portfolio.

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The work that gets you more work is the work that doesn't feel like work.

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Remote work teaches employees they don't need a job. If you can solve problems from anywhere, you can solve them for anyone.

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Make the internet work for you.

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Productize your past to fund your future.

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Build leverage or be leverage.

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Build assets that work you out of a job.

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Audience building is a career insurance policy.

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Diversify to build experience, specialize to scale.

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Stop scrolling, start building.

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Your job is a product of a risk someone else took. I didn't understand this until I didn't have a job. Appreciate risk takers.

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Building a network online is a hedge against the need to be employed.

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Everything is a gamble, so make bets where you can influence the odds.

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Use curiosity to build competence.

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Build an antifragile career by working in public.

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Reputation is a simple construct, built on two ideas: Ability: What you can do. Reliability: What you actually do. To build, publish proof of work.

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Build assets that work without you, work whenever you want.

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Value the craft, not the tool.

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Long: - Leveraged work - Remote work - Proof of work Short: - 40 hour weeks - Offices - Resumes

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How to do better work for others: Work on yourself.

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Charge for the outcome, not the input.

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The upside of promoting yourself: - Financial freedom - Network growth - New opportunity The downside: - People who can't help you with any of the above might not like it

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You are an asset. Employment protects your downside (sort of) but limits your upside. Entrepreneurship maximizes your exposure to both.

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Practice until you have proof, then productize.

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The earlier you learn what a market is, the faster you’re cured of entitlement.

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Test until you have testimonials.

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Maneuver yourself into a position where your income doesn't depend upon your physical location.

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Hone your abilities in public, increase your opportunities in private.

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If you can’t create something valuable, work for someone who does until you can.

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1. Turn your brain into a business 2. Get paid to think

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Hedging against a rough job market: The more proof of work you publish, the more opportunities you create, the more decentralized your network becomes, the more antifragile you are.

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Build reputation through proof of work.

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Create demand or work for someone who creates demand.

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You don’t need permission, you need proof.

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If your criteria for doing something is that everyone will be interested and supportive, you only have one option: Do nothing.

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Aspiring entrepreneurs: If you don't have experience solving problems on your own, join a team that does. A spot on a team (a job) gives you exposure to problems while limiting your downside. Get paid to make mistakes on someone else's dime first.

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Combine your competence with your curiosity.

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I have dozens of conversations a week with talented people who only need to understand one thing: If you want people to know what you're capable of, you have to show them.

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If you're going to let someone else stop you, don't start.

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Build equity every day.

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Promote yourself with proof.

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You can’t make it better until you’ve made it real.

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