#1159 Tim Ferriss on Unusually Large Goals

And the Collective Insecurity of the World

In our last +1, we spent some time with Isaiah Hankel in his Black Hole of Focus and talked about “How Intelligent People Can Create a Powerful Purpose for Their Lives.”

We quickly reflected on a two-step process to create that powerful purpose.

He told us: “You can achieve greatness. No matter where you are in life right now, there is something you can be uniquely incredible at. But before you can be incredible, you must believe that you can do anything. That’s the first step. The next step is a little harder; you must decide what you want to be incredible at.”

Today I want to share another gem Isaiah shares in that section of his book.

He tells us that Tim Ferriss tells us: “It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time- and energy-consuming … The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits. There is just less competition for bigger goals … Unreasonable and unrealistic goals are easier to achieve for yet another reason. Having an unusually large goal is an adrenaline infusion that provides the endurance to overcome the inevitable trials and tribulations that go alone with any goal. Realistic goals, restricted to the average ambition level, are uninspiring and will only fuel you through the first or second problem, at which point you throw in the towel.

Um.

Yahhhhh…

Today’s +1.

If you feel so inspired, re-read that goodness and see what comes up! (Laughing.)

Actually, I’ll drop it here again just to make sure we take a moment to re-read and reflect:

“It’s lonely at the top. Ninety-nine percent of people in the world are convinced they are incapable of achieving great things, so they aim for mediocre. The level of competition is thus fiercest for ‘realistic’ goals, paradoxically making them the most time- and energy-consuming … The fishing is best where the fewest go, and the collective insecurity of the world makes it easy for people to hit home runs while everyone else is aiming for base hits. There is just less competition for bigger goals … Unreasonable and unrealistic goals are easier to achieve for yet another reason. Having an unusually large goal is an adrenaline infusion that provides the endurance to overcome the inevitable trials and tribulations that go alone with any goal. Realistic goals, restricted to the average ambition level, are uninspiring and will only fuel you through the first or second problem, at which point you throw in the towel.”

So…

What comes up for you?

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Fantastic.

Now…

What can you do right NOW in response to whatever bubbled up?

Fantastic.

High fives. Let’s do this. Etc.

T O D A Y.

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