” Our greatest fear should not be failure but succeeding at things in life that do not truly matter.”
Last year, pre-pandemic, I went to a three-day yoga retreat in Arizona. I d never ever done such a thing prior to and was believing of registering for a longer one, so this appeared like a safe introduction.
The yoga itself was great. I delighted in the classes and met a few nice individuals.
Amongst the group of one-hundred or so guests, I noticed that numerous of them spent a lot of time dealing with their selfie game. Some even had a pro photographer in tow, who documented their positions, tries at acro yoga, and swimsuit collections.
I got to talking with a few of the others while one extended photoshoot was taking place poolside. “Its so-and-so … theyre really well-known.”
So-and-so had half a million fans on Instagram, where she published images of herself in swimsuits every day– and nothing else. For this, brand names paid her real money to show up at their hotels and … post another picture of themselves.
Nice work if you can get it, possibly?
If it sounds like Im critiquing the professional Instagram crowd, well, its an easy target. Im not going to get captured up in taking numerous poolside images looking for that a person shot that will get optimum “engagement”– but I stress that Im not immune from the higher issue.
The greater problem is striving at the incorrect things, getting proficient at something that does not actually matter.
The internet makes it incredibly easy to devote yourself to the craft of worthless work. There are entire markets and professions that consist of absolutely nothing but ineffective work.
Thats why filtering can be a genuine difficulty. Im prepared to work long and hard at something that matters, but I do not wish to invest my minimal energy and time on whatever else.
So thats why Im questioning everything nowadays. Be careful the danger of working hard at something that has no genuine worth!
— P.S. The quote at the top has various attributions: I discovered it on GoodReads credited to Francis Chan, but when Googling I saw numerous other uses returning to the 1800s, so Im not sure who first developed it.
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I got to talking with a few of the others while one extended photoshoot was taking place poolside. “Its so-and-so … theyre actually popular.”
And they were well-known, at least sort of. So-and-so had half a million fans on Instagram, where she posted images of herself in swimsuits every day– and nothing else. For this, brand names paid her genuine money to show up at their hotels and … post another image of themselves.