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Excellence is worth pursuing more than money or status. However, the idea of excellence holds a subtle distinction.
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There are different attitudes needed for excellence, but they depend on the pursuit. Diverse niches require exploration, creativity, and experimentation. But once you focus on a pursuit, you need a mind for efficiency and courage when you face competition.
Attitudes for each are ...
As a whole, our working lives are more like niches. There are numerous professions, but the path for success in many professions are extremely narrow.
The more defined a field, the narrower the relevant dimension of competition.
The path to any particular destination is narrow, but there are countless possible options to follow.
At a general level, there are many niches you can find success in. But once you find a particular route, competition rises, and you're forced to focus on a few essent...
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We all crave progress. That craving distorts what and how we work on things. Vital pursuits with less tangible progress are frequently sidelined for trivialities we can check off a to-do list.
It's like waiting for a computer task to complete. Wouldn't it be harder if the progress ...
People crave progress. But that desire can distort what we work on. Some pursuits are more easily measured than others. This leads to tractability bias - the tendency to focus on goals with more noticeable progress.
Vital pursuits with greater potential often have ...
In a constant pursuit to get work done, much of our work is focused on output and measured in terms of quantity.
In our endeavor to maximize our output, we turn everything into a joyless activity to be finished as soon as possible. Everything seems rushed, medi...
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