Updated November 8, 2017
Peter Thiel, venture capitalist getting his start with Paypal in the early 1990s’ and then went on to support Facebook during its infancy, was a panelist on a talk with the Rosevelt University.
The talk was mostly about the future of tech, America, and education (a favored topic of Thiel’s).
Later in the panel they received some questions from the audience regarding Thiel’s investment career and his GREAT success as a venture capitalist.
“How much of you investments would you consider to be luck”
The question a member from the audience posed to Thiel.
He responded with a rather long winded answer about the importance of researching the market, specific products, and having the right set of partners. Then he made a statement that simply nailed the issue on the head!
“Once you think of the world as consisting of lottery ticket you have set yourself up to lose.”
I was immediately shot through with the shame of being a critic looking in from the outside on people like Peter Thiel and thinking, “right place right time. He just got lucky”. But how wrong I have been. He looks carefully at every investment and tries to qualify those investments as much as possible. Some investments flop, but that is a risk he is willing to take to find the ones that win big.
Now I want to turn the camera towards education.
When selecting a career, either for the first time or you are looking to make a shift in your career.
Be sure you are not trying to scratch off the proverbial lottery ticket.
Choosing the right career is not about luck, or happenstance.
Choosing the right career is about knowing three important factors:
- What is available in the current job market?
- What has a high value of future potential (what job will not be gone in 5 years due to innovation).
- What skills are you willing to learn.
Like Peter Thiel we must do our research. We must take a little bit of time to survey the job market, advancements in technology and our own willingness to work hard.
The great thing for you is here at Jobs in the Future I have already taken care of the first two points.
I have done the research on current job openings, how to spot future job opportunities and what it takes to learn the skills you need. download The Ultimate Guide to Future Proof Your Career on me! I have put a lot of work into this guide and I want to see you utilize this to succeed in your educational and career pursuits.
After you read through that, stay up to date on all of our latest posts to see if any jobs peek your interest. More than anything don’t sit stagnant in the decision stage. Every day that passes is another day that pushes you further and further away from landing a job now with great future potential.