Imagine you’re playing a fun game of tag with your friends. When you play not to lose, it’s like you’re standing in one spot or just hiding behind a tree the whole time, hoping no one tags you. You’re trying to be safe, but you’re also missing out on a lot of the fun and exciting parts of the game.
In a world that seems obsessed with winning and being the best, it can be easy to lose sight of what really matters: progress. While being the best at something is certainly a worthy goal, it can be fleeting and ultimately unsatisfying if it’s not accompanied by a commitment to ongoing improvement. This is where the idea of “being the best at getting better” comes in.
“The Slayer of Mediocrity.” That’s what I called myself when I first started posting stuff online. Eventually, people on Twitter started calling me Innovation Insurgent, and it stuck. My belief is that humans have inherent attitudes and beliefs that drive us toward mediocrity; I started taking an interest in how to combat these attitudes and beliefs.
What drives your leadership behavior? If you were to write a list of principles that drive you everyday what would you write? I did this exercise over a decade ago and came up with a list which has since been updated to be more simple.
It’s all a matter of perspective. Perspective is worth more than IQ. Cliche’s you’ve heard before; they true. Having and gaining perspective is part of growing up, few people take full control of enhacing it and most don’t.
We all want to get better, some more than others, at whatever it is that we do. But, most fail and end up being average. Talent alone won’t make you great, but obsession will. Obsessing about the details, and focusing on getting better everyday. How?