Scott Adams said that “a combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable”. While true today, 100 years ago the same skill stack would have left you homeless.
In the past, specialization was the goal, it was earned through experience, by committing time to a single topic, by earning your PhD. Companies were built by organizing specialists in departments, manufacturing, finance, marketing.
With the advent of the internet, specific knowledge can find its audience in a way that was impossible before.
Today we have the tools to leverage our unique skill stacks and specific knowledge, the mix of mediocre skills that make us uniquely positioned, to solve uncommon problems and create uncommon value.
The secret? Just be yourself.