Don’t chase success. Instead, chase new and interesting ways of solving other people’s problems.*
More effort creates beauty and magic and remarkability. Perfectionism is a false hope and a place to hide. Effort, on the other hand, is our best chance to do work that matters.**
Seth Godin writes about a third effort option to insufficient and sufficient: more.
Throughout their book on humble leadership, Edgar and Peter Schein use the term personising: relating in a deeper relational way in the workplace: seeing people rather than roles.
Hugh Macleod warns us not to chase significance, but to do solve everyday problems for people, but better than anyone else does.
These three things – more effort, personising (including becoming one with the mission) and solving everyday problems better lead to something magical happening through our lives. I guess that’s all we can hope for.
*From gapingvoid’s blog: Take something ordinary and elevate it;
**From Seth Godin’s blog: Effort.