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What To Do When Your Area Of Expertise Fails You
What do you do when the thing you’re really good at – your area of expertise – starts to fail you?

Some people might freak out and start grasping at straws.

However others might take it slow and steady, pulling in a second area of expertise that, while it may not be as strong, can help serve the same purpose.

To illustrate this point, let’s look at two grasshoppers.

The other night as I was eating I saw two grasshoppers, let’s call them Bill and Ted, on the balcony. Bill was steadily climbing the wall, while Ted was madly jumping about.

While Bill steadily make progress up the wall and Ted got a headache (if grasshoppers can get headaches from continuously landing face first on concrete), I realized that somehow I had forgotten that grasshoppers could walk up vertical walls. Mainly I just see them jumping about, or performing short bouts of flying. But here was Bill making his way up the wall.

Now I think it can’t really be argued that the main area of expertise of a grasshopper is jumping – they’re built for it. But this wall presented a challenge that could not be overcome by jumping. In short, Bill and Ted had to use something else.

Bill did and got over the wall. Unfortunately Ted never made it, and is probably still trying to hop over the wall, or he’s given up.

So what do you do when your primary area of expertise no longer works? Do you madly jump about, or do you draw on a secondary though weaker area, that can still help you accomplish the same goal?


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