Your standards are the things that get done no matter what happens.
If your standard is to be on the Dean’s list every semester, you’ll figure it out.
If your standard is to pay the bills every month, you will find a stable way to do it. (don’t most of us do?)
Here is what’s interesting about standards:
- Standards are habitual in nature:
After a while of keeping your standard at a level, it becomes a second nature. Pushing further your standards is the challenge. Like is saving 1K per month AND paying the bills as well.
- Standards serve as level zero:
If everything goes wrong, your standards gets done! Standards depend heavily on our definition of who we are. We have that urge to fulfill our own mental image.
- Standards rely a lot on Social Proof:
We have the tendency to think we are OKAY as long as our standards meet the standards of those around us. If most of your peers earn 2K and you earn a half, you’ll be pushed to earn more because you will feel diminished.
- We all have standards whether we know them or not:
Look hard into your daily activities. Try to figure our what gets done daily and what doesn’t. What’s is a MUST to do? What’s is OKAY to slip past?
Raise the bar. Make new habits. Raise the bar again. Repeat.
Unfortunately our societies don’t appreciate artists of your kind (status quo painters) as long as they are painting their art. Yet, once you’re finished everyone will be mad about you. Awkwardly, our society is based on a system where fit-ins don’t get noticed and heretics are glorified.
I know that most of the people don’t value what you do. Some of them might think it is a waste of time.
I know it is hard to push forward, to stay focused.
Once you get your art done, people who now think you’re a underachiever will look up to you. Once you change the status quo, your name will be carved in the history books. No one can erase it then.
No one said it will be easy, but damn it will be worth it!
Everyone hates insecurity. Horrified of losing their job suddenly, terrified of the anytime-collapse economy; they want a stable routinely life that goes on forever!
That’s why the world is boring. Exceptional things are scarce. Mediocrity is everywhere.
You’re in a war zone. You were made to fight, to change things and to impact lives. If you’re hiding, you will probably (not definitely) stay alive. But you’re missing the fun!
If your life story is not worth telling, you’re not alive.
Be brave. Take risks. Make a failing start-up. Try new things. Travel abroad and lose some money.
Make mistakes. Learn lessons. Repeat.
Embrace the bad news, the collapses and the insecurity. Embrace having a life. Embrace your ups and downs. Be interesting. Do not be dull and boring.
Security equals Boring.