Understand the Basics or Lose

Technology changes. Tools change. The social landscape changes. Human nature does not change.

- Felix Dennis

There are basic human traits that have not changed for tens of thousands of years. Our tools and methods have evolved but the roots of our actions remain the same.  Every year students are graduating from universities with all sorts of knowledge, yet many of the people I meet and interview, don't have a clue about what really matters in the world. 

What counts in the real world isn't your knowledge or a specific skill set - let's just get that out of the way. There is always someone who's as good or better than you at a given task. Yes, being good is important, but that's not enough to get you beyond mediocre. It never has been. The only way to ever make an impact in this world is to understand human nature and learn how to lead people. 

If you can't learn how to move people, even in the simplest of situations, you don't have a chance of winning, whatever that means to you.  It's that simple. Master the basics or learn to accept a life of mediocrity.