Beautiful Models: Skill-Stacking

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What is skill-stacking?”

“It’s an idea I know from Scott Adams.

Scarcity creates value. 

In order to be successful in life, you need to make yourself scarce. You can achieve that in two ways:

Become the best at one skill. (very hard)
Become very good at a combination of skills.

The more unique (and useful) the combination, the better off you will be.

We can expand the idea by thinking of it in terms of synergy.

The more synergistic the combination of skills, the more powerful their combined effect. We might call this synergistic skill-stacking, or skill-combo.

I’ve read a book about polymaths [<link] recently, and the author makes the interesting observation that synergistic skill-stacking is one of the defining characteristics of polymaths.”

“So the idea is not just to combine skills, but to artfully combine them.”


I find it useful to create a map for the process – a skill-stacking map.

Something like this:

My skill-stacking map

“Thinking of it as a system, what is its function?”


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About Dani Trusca

Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

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