The book titled Reality is Broken, by Jane Mcgonigal is a worthwhile read. Jane is a leading video game designer and in her book she describes why so many of our young people find such great joy in playing games, especially playing video games online. Video games, it turns out, are a lot like playing with fire – too little, you won’t get warmed up – too much, you get burned. A topic for another time…
Today, during practice 46 with Laurens Leaders, we talked about the real world. In the real world of work, friends, we don’t level up like we do when playing the video game Call of Duty. In reality, we don’t level up quickly or in a linear, up and to the right kinda way. However, many of us have grown impatient and adopted a video game mentality to our professional life. We expect to level up quickly and frequently. We want the dopamine drip and don’t want to deal with the mundane reality of long stints on the plateau.
Masters are a little more realistic, you could say. Masters, you see, marry the mundane. Masters understand the real world doesn’t work like a video game. Masters understand that the road to mastery is filled with lots of basic stuff.
During practice 46 we talked about the power of basic training being what’s made notsoyoungliz and thebearededone two of the best performers in this system. I told the story of the origination of the TRX. The SEAL who created the TRX knew that the SEAL’s needed to keep training even when away from their gymnasiums. So, he created a suspension trainer they could take on the road, so to speak. You see, friend, the SEAL’s do basic stuff over and over and over again. Basic training doesn’t end when the SEAL’s graduate from BUD’s. They keep training, keep working, and keep focusing on small, incremental gains. They keep learning basic stuff to the point of uncommon mastery. Good.
Basic stuff done well is the recipe for great food too. Master chefs have the same basic ingredients, you and I have. They just know how to put them together to make something magic and memorable. The same is true in whatever is your chosen profession, friend. What bores your coworkers is what could make you great. Marry the mundane. Find meaning in what others find boring. Reality is not broken. Reality is all we’ve got. In the real world it takes time to level up in regards to position and title. Sometimes, a long time. However, if you keep training, keep getting stronger, and keep improving your performance, nature will eventually reward you. Patience. Reality isn’t broken. Your expectations, however, may be.
Good food for thought, huh? Good…