Best in the World
My first professor in college told me something that I’ve thought about a lot since. He said although we’d probably never heard of him or cared about what he’d dedicated himself to studying (15th century political institutions in Zürich), it didn’t matter because at the end of the day, he knew that he knew more about the subject than anyone else on the planet. He was the best in the world.
The Executive has taught me a lot about that. He got tired of muddling around with actors and their huge egos – people that you’ve certainly heard of. He’s done with that. He only wants to work on things that have the chance to be THE best. Anything else he leaves for other people. And if you look at him and Tucker and Robert, they really have very little in common other than that in what they do, no one else can touch them. It’s a whole different wavelength.
That’s what I am working for. The rest I’ll figure out later. It’ll be a good problem to have.
Hm…THE best? What if you don’t have the innate ability to be the best? What if you just want to be the best you can be?
(I’m drunk so I may be missing the gist of the post. Spank me if so.)
Nice coincidence, I read the Dip again today. That’s the plan indeed, but like you said, quite a problem to overcome.
The only problem I have with the Dip concept is that Seth says you should quit if you can’t get there. This means that the vast majority of people in the world should quit what they are doing. It may be true but this erks me. It’s the journey that gives people satisfaction, not the outcome.
Ha I’m coming to have stop getting on the laptop drunk. Or at least stop voicing my opinion while holding a coffee mug of Taaka.
“The only problem I have with the Dip concept is that Seth says you should quit if you can’t get there. This means that the vast majority of people in the world should quit what they are doing. It may be true but this erks me. It’s the journey that gives people satisfaction, not the outcome.”
I’ve thought a bit about this as well and have come to two conclusions, although they’re probably wrong.
1. Most people won’t read The Dip, and most people won’t take it to heart or truly understand it. I could be wrong on this, but the dip doesn’t apply to them, they just don’t have the awareness required to realize what being on this planet means or the fortitude to capitalize on it.
2. Seth also says that the term “world” is subjective. The best in the world doesn’t necessarily mean the best out of every other person on the planet. It could simply mean the best in your local area, something that you’ve been gifted with and are able to give to others.
At least for me, the book was more about realizing what your passion is, what you’ve been gifted to do, and pursuing that, becoming the best in your world and the world of people around you. No, not everyone can be the best on the planet. But everyone CAN capitalize on their unique talents and gifts, develop them to the best of their ability.
You’re right, the journey is what matters most, but you need to ensure that you’re on the right journey for you, which I think we could both probably agree that most people are not.
Isn’t it more correct to say that no one wants to touch Tucker?
[I’M SO ANGRY AND BITTER. ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGG. Please validate me with a response so I can feel like hatred instead of jealousy and self-loathing. ]
While I like the idea at striving to be the BEST at something, I think that the pursuit should be in something a little bit more relevant than 15th century political institutions in Zurich. I think there is a difference in being the best and the only one.
Of course, that is just my opinion. I may be wrong.
You’ll often find that having a definitive goal, especially if it’s very ambitious, gives your life clarity, passion, and urgency. But that’s just my opinion.
this is off-topic, but seriously, no one with prose composition skills as terrible as leon, especially someone who finds it noteworthy to publish a book through a vanity press, should be listened to about anything of importance ever
Sorry this is off-topic, but at the very bottom of the screen where it indexes recent blog posts, it doesn’t show newly added posts. I hadn’t been here in a week due to it, so if there’s something wrong on your end, or with Rudius… well, I guess I’m informing you now.
>John Deere: Hugh McLeod has a cartoon that says something along the lines of “Most people are doing the best they can. Most people don’t know that’s not good enough.”
Harsh, but true.