In a project-based economy, self-management is one of the most important skills to develop.

Which begs the question, how well are our educational and cultural systems currently preparing people to manage themselves?

If I were hiring people today, I’d put self-management ability at or very near the top of the list of qualities I’d be hiring for.

And if I were a student or job-seeker, I’d be looking for any and all opportunities to develop my capacity to manage myself. Especially if an excursion from the usual path feels scary, it might be just the experience to seek out — at least for a little while — in order to make the most of the opportunities that follow.