Skill Stack, Talent Stack
A Skill Stack refers to the idea that having a wide range of complementary skills generates a multiplier effect towards success.
This is an idea I learned from Scott Adams, who calls it a Talent Stack (I prefer Skill Stack simply because, to me, Talent implies an innate ability while Skill implies something learned through hard work).
So, for each new skill you acquire, it combines with your existing skills to make you that much more marketable and/or able to create something new that people would be interested in.
It’s worth noting that, while similar, I believe that Mental Models and Skills are different things. Mental Models are filters on reality, helping you understand the truth behind what is occurring and why, while Skills are productive abilities you have acquired that you can use to perform acts to accomplish goals.
The key idea is that additional skills provide you with value exponentially (non-linearly), in an intentional Jack-of-all-Trades kind of way. [Read more…]