You’re average

It is unlikely you will become the next Michael Jordan of basketball or the next Donald Bradman of cricket.

We can always find a way to measure ourselves in a way where we are average (or worse). There will always be someone who is better than you at whatever it is you decide to do.

So, why even try?

Is that the goal to be the best in the world or bust?

Sure, if you are trying to become an Olympic athlete. For the rest of us? We don’t have to be afraid of average. It’s not about the work but the story we tell ourselves and others.

It’s worth noting that Randall Munroe who runs one of the most popular blogs in the world, xkcd, uses stick figures to create his art.

And Steve Martin changed comedy with a banjo and a magic act.

The world needs more average people to step up and do more than what the measures tell them.

How to make the world a better place

It’s overwhelming to think about all the ways to fix the world.

Plug one hole and two more spring up.

Instead of thinking about, “How can I make the world a better place?”, a more effective approach would be to recognize “How am I making the world a better place?”

The work you do, it matters.

If it doesn’t then go find something more interesting to do.

What is Resistance?

Each of us lives two lives. The life we live and the unloved life. What stands between the two is Resistance.

Resistance is the voice in our head that tells us we are not good enough. It tells us to blend in, avoid making a ruckus.

Resistance takes many forms. It could be in the form of anxiety—worrying about things before they happen. Addiction is another obvious one. But it also appears more subtlely. Sitting down to work on a project that you’re stuck on, you have the sudden urge to pick up the phone and call your mom. It’s not a bad thing, and yet, we are still avoiding the scary, important work we must do. It is another form of hiding.

Why is it so hard to commit to doing work that might fail?

Because of Resistance. Because we don’t want to waste our time, to be laughed at or judged.

The greater the calling, the more Resistance you will face.

HT Steve Pressfield.

We’re busy

When we’re not busy, we’re tired.

When we’re not tired, we’re hungry.

And so on…

There’s always a reason to delay, to wait to take action.

Here’s the thing about change:

Change means action and action means change.

It’s not about convenience, it’s about opportunity.

And, of course, taking them.

Be careful, not casual with how you spend your time.

[There’s never enough time. Do it anyway.]

Design enables the impossible

When critics said that humans beings are not capable of flying, the Wright Bros. designed a solution.

Whether we are talking about climate change, healthcare, prison reform, the education-industrial complex…

When people say it can’t be done, design is there to defy them.

HT Abstract and Technology Breakthroughs.

Conflict

We have this preconceived notion that world peace is a utopia where we can finally rest from conflict.

But if there was no conflict, we would all think and act the same way.

The fact is, there will always be conflict in everything that we do.

Happiness isn’t free from conflict but when we can embrace each other as brothers and sisters despite our differences.

The downside of being in the spotlight

The song that you want to play isn’t necessarily the same song people came to hear.

When you’re finally discovered and hit your breakthrough, you end up spending so much of your time trying to stay there. Eventually, you lose what it is that got you in there in the first place.

On the other end, when you’re in the shadows, no one is watching. Which means if you fail no one is there to see it happen.

Embrace anonymity for as long as you can. You’re working to prefect your craft not to become a one-hit-wonder.