Wildcard Wednesday: success, fanaticism

by | May 21, 2009

A collection of oddments too good to ignore that don’t quite fit anywhere else. And the second installment of what may well become a weekly feature. Oh, and this week I wrote Wildcard Wednesday on Tuesday and posted it on Thursday.
Go figure.

You gotta love Twitter.
One reason I do is that I come across amazing people I never would have known about. Like
Tom Morris, whose billing at The Huffington Post is “one of America’s most active public philosophers.”
This week, Dr. Morris weighs in on True Success in Times of Change. (Question: do you believe there are times of no change? Explain.)
But I digress.
Dr. Morris culled what he calls the Seven Cs from ancient Chinese and Greek philosophers across cultures and through to the present day. The Seven Cs are, he claims, universal conditions for success.
And I think he has a point. Decide for yourself be reading his post here.
How serious do you have to be, really?
From a conversation in the current Goldilocks Strategy class: “The mark of how serious I am is not how fanatic I am.”
I love this. It was said by a fine artist (in every sense of the word) about her evolving understanding of what she has to offer her just-right clients. She does not need to claim that painting is more important to her than life itself. (It’s not.) Her commitment to her work shines through in every piece. It is self-evident.
And yes, she can (and is learning to) articulate that self-evident commitment in various ways. Because what is self-evident to us is not always immediately obvious to our just-right clients.
But that’s something we can address through effective communication. We don’t need to ramp ourselves up, twist ourselves into new shapes, and turn ourselves into fanatics in order to make a point.
And that’s a big relief.