“What stands in the way
becomes the way.” - Marcus Aurelius
Don’t misinterpret barriers as excuses to quit. For the thing that is seemingly getting in your way, might be the very thing that helps you succeed. What appears to be a threat, just might be an opportunity. What looks like a weakness could be used to your advantage.
Take, for example, getting hired for your dream job. There are candidates lining out the door. How will you ever get noticed? Standing in your way is the cover letter and resume. You know you have what it takes, but how will they see that in a two-page document? You know that if they gave you a chance to show your stuff, that you could blow them away with your interview skills. But you’re afraid you won’t make it to that point.
You have the choice: Will you use bigger words in your cover letter than the other candidates? Will you use Helvetica (which you should be doing anyway...) instead of Times New Roman? Or will you create an online course? Display your knowledge with a blog? Create an app or something else that you are proud of to show you know how to take initiative without being told?
Fortune favors the bold. So be bold.
If you want to separate yourself from the competition...stop trying to beat the competition. By building a slightly better mousetrap, what you have built will still be perceived as a mousetrap. Instead, build something that makes it easier and simpler to get rid of mice.
The point here is that focusing on features is a fool’s flight. Sure, it has to work, and it has to work well. But more importantly, it has to solve a problem. It has to be of benefit. Of value.
This principle not only applies to building an innovative product or scaling a world-class organization, but also to personal and career development.
The obstacle is the way. And the obstacle usually consists of doing extremely difficult work. Work that no one else will do. Work that will add value. Work that will make you valuable. Indispensable, even. Hard work is a scarce commodity. Which makes it, and therefore you, in high demand.
If it were easy, everyone would do it. Everyone already is doing it. Seek the hard things, the roadblocks, the hurdles. Seek not to become a person of success, but rather to become a person of value.” - Albert Einstein