Captain’s log, stardate 20210717

Shelf Life

Somehow I stumbled across an interview that I did back in 2017 with Software Engineering Radio for IEEE.

The subject matter was something from my “previous life” when I was doing mobile strategy consulting.

I was kind of curious what I had to say back then so I actually listened to the whole interview.

Here are my two major takeaways:

  1. I really REALLY knew what the heck I was talking about. I was NOT bullshiting at all. I knew the complexities of the environment, and I had an extremely evolved take on how to apply it to different situations for different types of clients.
  2. Just four years later, ALMOST NONE OF IT MATTERS! 😕

Here’s the thing...

When you’re picking an area of expertise, try to avoid topics that have a version number.

It’s fun to think about what might be different in ten years, but it’s much more useful to think about what will be the same.

Yours,

—J


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