Trust Agents: The Archimedes Effect

There are many things you can do to be effective in your career. One is by taking the Archimedes Effect into account. The Archimedes Effect goes hand in hand with leveraging. In other words, it basically means to gain advantage by acting effectively to influence others, which can be done in ways that have never been done before. A simple way to achieve this is by taking ideas that have worked for you in the past and applying them to create new innovations. Chris Brogan and Julien Smith mentioned a good example of this in their book, Trust Agents. “Apple used its market dominance with the  iPod as a springboard to the creation of the iPhone.” Look how successful the iPhone has become!

Leveraging can work in many areas of your life. Take LinkedIn for instance. To make your
profile work for you, you must first identify what career path you want to take and what types of people you want to connect with. Then you can go from there and start  networking online. Join a forum or some type of online community to sell yourself and see where it takes you.

With the Archimedes Effect, there are endless possibilities, possibilities that can make
you stand out in the crowd and that can ultimately change your life. Right now I’m actually trying this out in my own life. I’m currently in the process of writing short stories that I will soon upload to the Kindle bookstore. By doing this, I’m eliminating the middle man. There’s no need for a publisher; it’s all me. I plan to profit off this idea, but if not at least it’ll be an example of what didn’t work for me. This idea is all about trial and error. You take what works for you and expand off those ideas. When something doesn’t work, you sit
back and analyze why it didn’t and what you could have done different.

If people never adopted the Archimedes Effect, the world would be a pretty dull place. We have come a long way since the world was created, but there are still many innovations to come. I encourage you to take a risk and start the next big thing.

For other ways to help in advancing your career, check out my classmates’ blog posts as well. Coye talks about Agent Zero, which explains how to network. Kelsey talks about Making Your Own Game, which explains how to stand up against competition. And Elly talks about Building an Army, which explains how to get good job references to help you advance in your career.


About alrockey

I'm a Communications major, have two jobs, and take care of my two-year-old son. I'm also engaged and look forward to starting my life out in the professional world of broadcasting when I graduate.
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