Many great contributions are made not by those who focus on one discipline, but by those who live at the intersection of two or three disciplines and are able to harness the combination to create unique value for others. Leonardo Da Vinci was a brilliant artist not only because of his raw ability to paint or draw but because of his insatiable curiosity about anatomy, botany, and science. It was the confluence of these disciplines that make his work so resonant. The same can be said of Steve Jobs, who combined technology and art to help create computing devices that were intuitive and useful for businesses, musicians, artists, and students alike. It was at the intersection of these multiple disciplines that the real value was created.
As you consider your life and work, at which intersection(s) are you operating? Which disciplines are you uniquely combining to create the work that defines you? Maybe you combine your ability to teach with your attention to detail. Maybe it’s your consumer intuition and your design sense. The greatest and most unique value you will offer your organization, your clients, and the world at large will be at the intersection of multiples aptitudes.
The most unique value you will create lies at the intersection of multiple aptitudes.
Question: What are the two or three unique aptitudes that intersect to allow you to produce your unique work? How can you leverage them more?