The search for success
“Why aren’t you making the next killer app?“
“Focus on things that matter in the long run, and slow things down.“
The definition of success is different for every single person. As mentioned earlier all we see are the trophies, which in turn end up being success factors for our own lives. Yet, for many those trophies are just by-products of doing something they love, where their definition of success comes from the work itself, or the journey with colleagues or any other thing.
“Being average is being normal”
As Espen says in his post: “Being average is being normal”. Our society despises being average, yet that is where most of are. We are average at many things we do. Even through our averageness there is tremendous value, should we choose to see it this way.
“Focus on things that matter in the long run, and slow things down.”
Glenn Henriksen did a talk on the path to success at and what is involved NDC Oslo 2016, which struck home quite well on how to approach success. I recommend the talk to anyone. It may start your own mind thinking, or maybe solidify your earlier opinions.
In his book “How to Fail at almost Everything and Still Win Big“, Scott Adams touches on his mediocracy around his skills. He also goes into how taking your average skills and combining them creates a unique mix that only you can provide. On the one hand, this means putting your head down to figure out what your mix is, on the other it means each person already has what it takes to achieve success. We just need to stop looking at our life through others’ eyes.
There is no Work-Life Balance
The myth of work-life balance is a silver bullet many have chased and supposedly have an answer to. I would argue that there is no real answer, but rather that we live in a constant state of conflicting priorities. All we can do is define what’s important to us and do our best to maneuver the waters of life.
Here’s a parting video on work-life balance from “The Book of Life” (thanks for the link Espen!).
I urge you to read Espen’s blog post and watch Glenn’s presentation. They are great resources to get the mind-juices flowing and possibly start you on your journey to success.
Do you succeed at work, at home or in life in general? Are you wonderfully average, or at the top of your game?
Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you have any thoughts, questions or criticisms. Or leave a comment below.