Most things in life that matter: SIMPLE BUT NOT EASY.
Meaning: You don’t need to be smart. You just need the ability to get over yourself and do the hard work.
“She’s not really smart. She just works hard. I can also do that if I try.”
That above is the most AMATEUR, PATHETIC, and LIMITING mindset I (and most smart people) have.
It doesn’t matter if you can figure out stuff most people don’t understand. Doesn’t matter if you can come up with witty lines every once in a while. Doesn’t even matter if you can come up with brilliant ideas that can change the world.
Because guess what?
Somebody already invented the wheel.
Your ability to reinvent it doesn’t matter. Whereas the person who reads a book on it, applies the lessons in today’s context, and ACTS ON IT to create value today? That person will go places.
Let’s see what intelligence and cleverness with no industry have gotten me:
Intelligence and cleverness give you a ticket to arrogance. That you can achieve mediocre stuff with no effort. Nothing more.
Definitely not a purposeful, substantive, and yes – rich – life.
I am convinced that intelligence and cleverness have almost NO value on their own.
They are only valuable when you combine them with four vastly more important traits
The fourth is key because smart people think we can - and even need to - “figure it out”
WTF does that even mean?
Basically, the problem is most smart people think they can get away with laziness merely because they are smart.
How this applies to you:
This is a rant simmering inside me while reading Ikigai. Life-changing stuff.
P.S. We should start an official "Sebastian Marshall School of Thought"
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Yes, I definately agree with this.
After thinking that "I could have done this" frustration sets in, and you start resenting people who have actually DONE something meaningful for themselves.
Thank you for this reminder, Chiara