Most people think they know what they are good at.
More often, people know what they are not good at.
– Both of them are wrong.
A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weaknesses, let alone on something one cannot do at all.
A person’s strengths and the way that person performs are complementary to each other.
But when there is a conflict between a person’s values and his or her strengths, the work may not appear to be worth devoting one’s life to (or even a substantial portion thereof).
To be effective in an society or an organization, a person’s values must be compatible with the organization’s values (not the same but close enough to coexist)
The Central Challenge today is – To Rise above the FRAY
Imagine ‘any and every’ field possible, there are so many brands, so many choices, so many claims, so much clutter, that the central challenge is for an organization or an individual is to rise above the fray. It’s not good enough anymore to be “pretty good” at everything.
You have to be the MOST of something:
- The most elegant,
- The most colourful
- The most responsive,
- The most accessible.
Today – Mediocrity is NOTHING
Today, with so much change and uncertainty, so much pressure and new ways to do things, the middle of the road is the road to nowhere.
– Are you the MOST of anything?
Without a doubt, there’s someone taller than you, faster than you, cuter than you.
We don’t have to look very far to find someone who is better paid, more respected and getting more than his fair share of credit.
And social media: Of course there are people with more followers, more likes and more of just about anything you’d like to measure.
What is the comparison for?
Is your job to be the most at a thing? Perhaps if you play basket ball, the goal is to have the highest base percentage. But it’s probably more likely that you should focus on the entire team winning the game.
[The current and commonly used formula for determining the RPI of a college basketball team at any given time is as follows.
RPI = (WP * 0.25) + (OWP * 0.50) + (OOWP * 0.25)
where WP is Winning Percentage, OWP is Opponents’ Winning Percentage and OOWP is Opponents’ Opponents’ Winning Percentage.]
Just because a thing can be noticed, or compared, or fretted over doesn’t mean it’s important, or even relevant.
Better, I think, to decide what’s important, what needs to change, what’s worth accomplishing. And then ignore all comparisons that don’t relate. The most important comparison, in fact, is comparing your work to what you’re capable of.
Sure, compare. But compare the things that matter to the journey you’re on. The rest is noise.