Being Complacent Is One of the Worst Things You Could Do

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You Will Lose Motivation

You can only do something and enjoy it so many times. I mean, even if you do it really really well, you’ll lose interest soon. Humans are inherently curious and restless animals… we can’t just sit around all day doing the same thing again and again.

“Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.”

— Andy Grove

Imagine you get a new videogame. You play it a lot, and you get really really good at it. You participate in competitions and win a LOT. Everything’s going great. Except, unfortunately, maybe after about a year of playing that game, again and again, you eventually get bored. You have one strategy that you use every time, and though it makes you win 100% of your games, you soon lose motivation to continue playing the game.

But Life ≠ Video Game

Now, I know what you might be thinking. “But this is different. In our own life, we stand to lose money, our social standing, or we might get made fun of.”

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear”

— Jack Canfield

Regardless, you need to change your view of failure. Benjamin Franklin says it best:

“I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong”

So What Do I Try Out?

But how do you decide what to try out? Well, as I just mentioned, the first part is making sure that you have the skills necessary to succeed at whatever it is. If, at your workplace, you only have experience with finance, then switching to something else that still requires math would be much easier then, say, switching to human resources management. Now that doesn’t mean that you have to be perfectly prepared for whatever it is you want to try. It just means you have to make sure you have the minimal skills required to do it. And if you don’t have those minimal skills? Develop them!

Key Takeaways

  1. Stop fearing failure. Start thinking of it as a learning opportunity that lets you improve next time
  2. Make sure you have the minimal skills required to succeed at whatever new thing you want to try out. And if you don’t have those skills, develop them and then try out that new path.
  3. Do whatever interests you. Don’t force yourself into something new that you don’t have any interest in doing.
  4. Find something that challenges you. If you don’t have to put any effort into it, you won’t enjoy it.

“Of all the things a leader should fear, complacency heads the list”

— John C Maxwell

18 y/o innovator working on reversing ageing and researching cancer vaccines.

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