“Traditional jobs” (which will continue to become less interesting and common over the next few years) are traditional because they typically involve a clear set of instructions: do what has always been done.

There’s not a lot of risk involved on a personal level and thus, there’s not a lot of growth that takes place for the person in the position.

For new projects and startups, the path is less clear. No one knows the best way to do things, because many things haven’t been done before.

The solution here is of course to fail as fast as possible in the most likely direction of success. Many are paralyzed by a lack of direction and instruction on the job, but this is where you can shine.

Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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