Raise your hand if you have ever gotten good at something and dropped it because it got boring?
I know not everyone suffers from this but I know quite a few who do. I know I tend to get “just good enough” at certain things, and then I drop them. Possibly never to pick them up again.
I’m sure the reasons abound, but the main one is that I get bored.
At least I think that is what the answer is.
This question came up for me when I think of my work. Actually when I think of anyone’s work.
You can always improve but eventually you get to a point where it is really hard to make any further gains. You have a fairly close to flawless performance. People that do your exact same job come to you for training and advice. There are probably only a few people in the world better at what you do than you.
What then is my question?
For me, it doesn’t matter how much “flow” you get when you are doing your job. It still feels like the exact same thing day in and day out. The same problems and issues come up and you handle them almost effortlessly.
Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or anything here. I’m honestly asking if you think that type of monotony is a good thing?
Maybe I am using the wrong word. Maybe that has too much of a bad connotation, but what do you think?
Can monotony be a good thing?
I know the simple answer is “yes, of course”. But it’s all the other questions that come up that bother me like…
Isn’t it true that if you are not moving forward you are moving backward when it comes to your work?
Won’t you get lured into a false sense of security?
Should you seek out the few people in the world that are better than you at your line of work so you can improve your skills?
Or at least be motivated to go the extra mile?
I hope I am not alone here. I hope some of you can pick up on what I am trying to say. I hope maybe you have found some of the answers I am looking for.
Ultimately, I guess maybe I am truly looking for contentment. A sense that just because I have reached a high level of proficiency it doesn’t mean I have to move onto the next thing.
That I can be content to be good at what I do. That I should capitalize on my current skills rather than always challenge myself with brand new skills to learn.
My question to you is…
Are you with me or am I the only one out here that thinks and acts this way?