Though I’m not a revered philosopher by any means, I’m about to go deep with you. It seems as though there’s something undeniable about exceptional performances. Furthermore, I’d argue that it doesn’t matter what ways one is incredible, just that they are, in fact, remarkable.
To make my point, let’s look at the angle “less traveled” a bit. Most people make this point from the perspective of the participant. “You should be great because that’s fulfilling your life” yadda yadda yadda.
What can we learn from the observer’s point of view? Take for instance, something you don’t like. I can say fully that I’m not a fan of instrumental acoustic guitar. It doesn’t do it for me. To me I’ll need to hear some lyrics to enjoy your song, sorry. Yet, when I watch this, I 1) Get chills up the back of my neck at 6:18 minutes in, 2) cry, and 3) think it’s incredible. [Do your soul a favor and watch the whole thing]
It’s the same reason we nearly break our neck over a Lamborgini passing in traffic, while 30,000 Camrys pass us by unbeknownst to us. Excellence, incredible feats, and what I’m childishly calling ’The Awesome’ factor is wired into our DNA. We enjoy it, we seek it out, and I’m going to argue that deep down we want to live it. Preferences go out of the window and there’s an old level of respect and admiration for a job well done.
Still too obvious?
What about door to door salesmen? There’s isn’t a soul on Earth that likes door-to-door salesmen, right? What about this guy?
He’s incredible. And, guess what?.. for the first time in your life, you actually like a door-to-door salesman. What’s my point?
I think this speaks to something inside us all. After realizing this phenomenon, why on Earth would you ever choose to be less than spectacular at what ever the heck it is that you take on in your life?
If the world’s best door-to-door salesman can light you up the same way that an overtime touchdown can from a multimillion dollar quarterback, then what’s it matter what you do? Doing your job, relationship, or hobbies less than remarkably is the biggest mistake you’ll ever make.
Our universal recognition of amazing people, amazing efforts, and amazing things tells me that it ought to be the goal. It’s in the blueprint people, and the universe would appreciate it if you’d play along and be awesome, too.
Run 100m (Downhill)
*Rounds start every 3 minutes
Cash Out: Plate Jump ‘Annie’