I think we idolise the wrong people.
In sports, entertainment, and leadership, it indeed takes a lot to get to the top. And if you are at the top, you get most of the attention — essentially a winner-takes-all scenario.
And if you are one of these individuals who get most of the attention, you are likely going to be the most admired and looked upon.
People will study you and try to emulate your work ethic in hopes of reaching similar success.
Social media and our access to information have only exasperated this. We begin to idolise these individuals (I am guilty of it).
But what I would like to do is look around you. Even though it is likely, your peers aren’t achieving great deals of success measured through the lens of the internet.
They may be just as admirable as any famous individual.
It comes down to what we measure as success. For example, if we had a pool of athletes and ranked them on their abilities. Then, the difference between the 1st and the 100th isn’t going to be much in terms of skill, but in terms of attention and measure of success, it is far greater.
If we take this same logic and scale it to the world, there will be people in your local community, and because they aren’t a CEO of a famous company or part of a popular sport aren’t perceived as “successful”, but are just as or if not more hard-working than those in the aforementioned positions; they just don’t get the credit they deserve or a platform to get noticed.
The same could apply to artists. Can we just enjoy local talent? And imagine if you knew these people as people and they knew you too, instead of this insane one-to-many relationship most famous people have.
You are surrounded by local heroes.
What do you think?
Stay focused and talk soon,
My Favourite Things
Podcast — Navigating a Quater-Life Crisis
In this podcast, loneliness was mentioned as a big deal with a lot of people in their 20s. I can relate to this, and how I mitigate is through consistent hobbies and going outside regularly after work to see people.
The host and guest also touched on being a good active listener and taking on board what the other person is saying. This is something I want to improve upon.
Here is an interesting thing I learned about mutability. As a self-taught developer, my knowledge is very top-down. That means I don’t really understand what is going on under the hood and it’s really important for me to dive deep into what is actually going on.
In this example, we are looking at certain datatypes like arrays and objects (lists, hash maps, dictionaries) and how they are handled.