Let’s get practical. In this episode we walk through actionable ideas to help you discern what trajectory is best for you, your team, or your organization.
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- There are really two measures of success:
- Relative level of success: how capable you are compared to what others can do or have done in an area.
- Personal level of success: how capable you are of deriving joy from what you can do or have done in an area.
- Our relative level of success is not where our joy or self-respect should come from. It should only come from the personal level of success.
- How do you determine what your level of success should be?
- Look at people who have achieved a certain level of success and see what they had to do in order to achieve that. You might find that the daily grind is not something that you want to walk through.
- Example: authoring a book.
- Atomic Habits, James Clear
- What’s the most important thing in an Olympic athlete? The ability to do boring things over and over.
- Putting in the reps, thousands of hours. Getting just a little bit better.
- Research to see what the boring, day-to-day grind would look like, and try that boring thing. Not just the fun, flashy part of the process.
- Example: Playing a basketball game is not the thing you do to get good at basketball. It’s a particular shooting drill or dribbling drill to improve those skills.
- Is it that people love the process of doing the boring things consistently or that they are just more motivated by their ultimate goal?
- Example: Peyton Manning or Tom Brady saying they love watching videos of previous games to learn and break down new strategies.
- What would this look like in an organization?
- Also consider if you are willing to make the harder sacrifices.
- Example: comparing Jeff Bezos or Michael Jordan who are the best in the world to our grandmother.