What exactly is the career capital?
Cal Newport defines it as a set of rare and valuable skills, which can be used as leverage in determining your career.
When you think about it, this sounds intuitive: you need to have remarkable skills to have a remarkable career.
But if you’re not the type of person who had straight A’s at school or graduated MIT, don’t worry: you still don’t have to settle for the ordinary. Your set of remarkable skills may not be defined traditionally.
Think about it: you don’t want to have a conventional career, right? Since you don’t look for a 9-5 job, you don’t need to have a set of skills that would make you attractive in a corporate environment.
In general, being passionate about your job is fantastic because it fills you with energy and makes you better at selling. But if you want to make your great career sustainable, your skills need to be there, as well.
And what about passion? Is it totally unnecessary?
Therefore, being good at your job may, in fact, make you appreciate it even more and, thus, make you happier about your current career. And on top of that, you gain more freedom and control over your schedule.
Why your skills are far more important than your passion?
Because when you have remarkable skills in a particular niche, you become a sought after specialist. You get more clients or become incredibly valuable to your employer. If you work at a corporation, your unique skills will give you leverage to negotiate your employment contract, your benefits, your salary, etc. and get more freedom. If you’re an entrepreneur, they will give you well-paying clients, and thus the opportunity to have more free time.