Dan Pink delivered this quote to me today
“You don’t want to be the best at what you do. You want to be the only one who does what you do.” – Jerry Garcia (probably)
I really like this idea because it captures one of life’s traps - believing that being better at something is the ultimate. It is nice. And it can be much better than nice. But in terms of life’s ultimate meaning, being the best doesn’t cut it. The ultimate meaning comes from being unique in your life’s story.
BTW, this is a profound strategic idea. It enables you to remove competitive distractions from your radar screen and focus on where you are headed. Because the trick is to bring this unique quality that you have into what you do. That is what made Jerry Garcia … Jerry Garcia.
Thanks again Dan!
One last point. To make this work, we need to keep in mind that we don’t just automatically become that unique person. It starts from a decision that we make that we want to be that person. That starts the learning process off, so we can figure out how to realize our vision. Without that decision, this is all a lot of hot air.