Why You Need To Pay Attention To The Tangential

Too often, we get tunnel vision as we focus solely on our career path and what’s in front of us.

But we need to pay attention to the tangential.

There are incredible opportunities around us, but seeing them requires opening up and paying attention to what’s happening in the periphery.

We’ve all heard people say they can’t take on a new project or join a team because they are so heads down in their work. But in the new world of work, you can’t afford to be heads down and oblivious to what’s happening around you. You need to pay attention to the tangential. That means being heads up, heads side to side, and even heads behind you.

Paying attention to the tangential opens doors to take new paths, innovate, and stay ahead of the rapidly changing world of work.

Here are three ways to pay attention to the tangential:

Paying attention to the tangential is crucial in the new world of work. We can no longer have tunnel vision and stick to a linear path. We have to remove our blinders and be willing to learn and move into new areas to find success and lead the future.

I put together a video which talks about this in more detail. Please check it out below and if you want more content like this you can subscribe to my Youtube channel.

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Jacob Morgan

4x Best-Selling Author, Speaker, & Futurist. Founder of FutureOfWorkUniversity.com. Exploring Leadership, Employee Experience, & The Future of Work