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Would You Enjoy It More if You Were 10x at It?

October 15, 2018

Author: Bianca Yang
Email: ipacifics@gmail.com

I think most people prefer to not be the underdog. Most people prefer to be good at what they do. They want to be able to take pride in their work, and the ability to take pride normally means you have some demonstrable skill in a task.

So what if you were 10x at something? What if you were in the top 5%, top 1% of the world at something? Do you think you would enjoy it more than you do now?

I think that question, as well-intentioned as it may sound, is probing the entirely wrong part of the space. If you have to ask that question, you haven’t had the guts to become 10x, otherwise you would already be 10x at something. This is not to say that you can’t become 10x, as James Altucher did when he became a Chess Grandmaster ~30 years old. The question you really should trying be trying to determine the answer to, now, is whether there is something on your mind that is worth becomign 10x in. Are you willing to sacrifice time for your other hobbies, your other interests, other pieces of your life, so you can restructure your mind to be as efficient as possible for some activity?

Of course, it’s possible for you to become 10x in anything. What will happen in the middle, though, is that you will discover a fundamental reason to hate the activity or you will get very invested into the actvitiy and continually find reasons to believe the activity is beautiful or you will realize that you can’t stack up against all the other professionals competing for top spots and give up on seriously pursing 10x-ness. All these outcomes are fine, because I think the ultimate goal of your life must be to discover and achieve personal fulfillment. If the current activity can’t do that for you, you should keep searching. Search until your work becomes something that you can put motivation against and until the relationships become something that can feed your motivation.