Malcolm Gladwell and the fallacy of the Busy Mind
Responsibility is a dirty word. A tool of empowerment, has been turned into the enemy by an undisciplined mind.
Responsibility, while momentarily hard to take on the chin, is perpetually offering us a shot at redemption and fulfillment
I should learn French. I should start my own business. I should give back to society. I should feel a sense of meaning and fulfilment in my life by now, but I'm too busy... Anthony Robbins said it best when he said;
We should, and should and should until we should all over ourselves
Malcolm Gladwell talks about the 10,000 hour rule in his book Outliers . Malcolm argues the theory that it takes 10,000 hours of correct practice in order to become elite in any field. If we are not tuned in, we can come away from the book with a sense of the enormity of the task at hand. The book gives us a fleeting glimpse at the mechanics of greatness and takes it away from us, all in the same breath.
The courageous amongst us may throw caution to the wind, and try our hand at greatness. We may struggle on valiantly for weeks, maybe even months only to give in to the fallacy that greatness in a certain field is divinely handed down to a select few.
But, and this is a big but, there is still hope, and where there is hope there is a way, and where there is a way there is a question;
if I am an man/woman living an 'average' life, then why do I think I am too busy to take action on the things that actually matter?
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