I think more of us lately have been turning to self help and positive guidance material than most would like to admit, the good news is that most of them basically regurgitate the same concepts over and over again until they start to sink into the way you frame your life. Jim Taylor summarizes his experience in reading an article on how to be great by focusing on what he agrees with, what he disagrees with and his honest view on what it means to him to be great.
- Some of the things the author states it takes to be great involves being consistent in what one is doing and doing boring work.
- The article states that being great literally means that one is good but the author states that he disagrees with this definition.
- If one is good in a repetitive way, then that person is literally good but if not, that person is just a flash in the pan.
“Greatness, by definition, is a statistical anomaly; if everyone was great then no one would be great because ‘great’ would then be the ‘average’ and everyone above that would be some other word that describes a new level far above ‘great’ (e.g., exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable).”