How To Find Your Trillion Dollar Skill

Dianna Lesage
3 min readDec 4, 2022

On a recent episode of My First Million, Hubspot Co-founder Dharmesh Shah described his strategy for identifying the skills you possess that, when combined, could be your trillion-dollar unfair advantage.

Side note: if you’re in the startup space and don’t listen to My First Million you’re missing out. The value-packed podcast is both enlightening and entertaining thanks to startup superstar hosts Sam Parr and Shaan Puri.

Dharmesh Shah breaks down the simple process anyone can use to discover which skills can be combined to set you apart from the crowd.

Step 1: Draw a circle and write your best skill in the middle

Take stock of your professional skills and determine what you think your best skill is.

What is something you’re in the top 5–10% of given all the people in your field?

As a personal example, I tend to think I’m a pretty good writer and it’s a skill I practice often because it’s something I enjoy doing. Specifically, I enjoy business-focused writing about new ventures, business models, and startup breakdowns. So, I might write down “long form business writing”.



Dianna Lesage

Venture Studio expert. Creator capitalist. Lover of innovation.