Building a Personal Monopoly: (thread)
How to combine competence, curiosity, and character to create a category of one.
If we want anyone to spend their time, attention or money on anything of ours, we must first be competent.
Lots of people are competent, so there's lots of competition here.
Let's say this is "school teachers"
2/ Competence + Curiosity
If we add curiosity to the mix, competition starts to thin.
This separates the generalist practitioners from the irrationally passionate.
Let's say this is "school teachers who are curious about learning innovation"
3/ Competence + Curiosity + Character
Now combinatorics put us in category of one territory.
Let's say this is "school teachers who are curious about learning innovation, building a gamified school inspired by SpaceX's Ad Astra." (real example: @anafabrega11)
4/ Making it Tangible
All this is great until it comes to communicating it to the rest of the world.
Which is why bad packaging kills amazing ideas.
Writing, design, marketing — our job here is to lose as little as possible in translation from the intangible to the tangible.