Earlier this month, Reid Hoffman wrote some advice on how to treat your career like a startup. The key, he writes, is keeping several opposing concepts in mind: being flexible yet persistent; to plan your future but don’t be constrained by those plans.
He begins by pointing out that these are the same requirements for a startup. He then proceeds to elaborate on what he refers to as Plan A, B, Z planning. Plan A is, obviously, your current plan. Plan B is your next plan; there might be many reasons, good and bad, to switch to plan B. Plan Z is what you will do in the worst case scenario.
Reid Hoffman is the founder of LinkedIn, and has since gone on to become a prolific investor. The linked post is a tease for his new book.