The other morning I was talking to my cousin Nick, who works in the finance industry. We were discussing how a lot of jobs (including in finance) are based on information asymmetry between the "professional" and the layperson.
To maintain this advantage, entire industries (like finance) develop and overuse technical jargon to mask the fact most of the time they're getting paid to explain a few fairly uncomplicated concepts.
You know how you can tell if someone is good at their job? They try to close the information gap, and they aren't threatened by you knowing their "secrets."
If you're just getting paid to explain concepts I can google, then anyone can you do your job, and it will probably be outsourced to a computer soon.
Top performers understand that true, unique value doesn't come from knowing more than someone else, and it definitely doesn't come from how much technical jargon you can cram into a sentence.
Real value means going deeper and connecting with your colleagues, clients, and customers on a human level. Real value means doing things that computers are bad at.
Value is listening.
Value is synthesizing seemingly disparate pieces of information.
Value is thinking in unconventional and undogmatic ways.
Value is suggesting something that may make people uncomfortable, and then defending why you think it is a good idea.
Value is clear and simple communication in plain english.
Value is sharing.
Value is giving more than you expect to ever receive.
Values is inviting people into your realm of information, rather than trying to keep them at the doorstep to protect your perceived informational advantage.
Stop the jargon and start connecting.
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