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There are times in a person’s career when they feel stuck. It might not be an urgent problem (yet), but it’s certainly an important one. As we spend so much time at work, this malaise can bleed into all areas of life, dulling feelings of happiness and amplifying stress. It’s not a fun place. One way to get unstuck is to embark on a journey to find a hedgehog.
Jim Collins and Jerry Poras popularized the term Hedgehog. They posited that great companies have everyone working on the one thing that they are exceptionally good at. Good companies can do many things reasonably well, but great companies are best in the world at their one thing. Once a Hedgehog is revealed, great companies ensure that all of their resources are directed toward doing this one remarkable thing.
This concept can be applied to an individual as well. If you know your personal Hedgehog you can apply it to all that you do, delivering your gifts to the world in generous ways. Working within your Hedgehog is what you were built for and is found at the centre of this slightly different Venn Diagram:
Use these three questions to figure our what your personal Hedgehog is:
Imagine if your job (for money) was doing mostly what you love to do (you can’t help it) and what you’re naturally talented at, forever improving just because you’re spending time doing it (which is fun because you love it). The world is waiting for you to figure it out!
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