Thursday, March 28, 2013
Taking a look back through bookmarks of potentially "blogworthy" material this
morning, I came across a short post I'd
forgotten about regarding why highly skilled and talented people can be a hard
sell when courted to work on projects proposed by others. In particular, the
following two bullet points stood out to me:
- People ... often dramatically underestimate the amount of development work, or the complexity of it.
- There's an opportunity cost to working on someone else's idea...
Not all opportunities are equal, and some can actually be detrimental to one's objectives even if they would look great to almost anyone else. It takes experience in a field before the full payoffs and costs of an opportunity become, as Daniel Tanner puts it, "blindingly obvious".
If opportunity knocks, should you answer? It depends.