4- When in doubt, be specific.

Do you know how a toilet works?

Most would say: “Of course!”

But what if you had to build one? What are the parts necessary? Can you explain the physics of how it works?

Because it’s something that we use every single day, we assume that we understand it. When something goes wrong, that’s when we realize how little we knew all along.

I recently stumbled across a job description that excited me. It had the right buzz words, job title, and mission statement.

But then, a friend asked me to describe to her exactly what I would be doing on a day-to-day basis. What kind of teammates would I have? How would success be measured? What lessons and skills were I trying to acquire?

It was only after being specific that I realized that this might not be a right fit.

Specificity helps to create clarity.

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