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Great post! Each one of us have different "yardsticks" and even within one's career those yardsticks can change with life circumstances.
I just watched this interview with Arthur Brooks and I think you might enjoy it. Especially the parts about high-achievers and pitfalls. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA5OmuP8vTQ
Amazing, I loved reading this, it was great to understand what was happening when you quit, it was such a shock. I admire your courage and passion to do what you love, to inspire yourself, go be you, you know you will be awesome at it. The yardstick method is great, having gone through major life changes its important to asses yourself by your own standards not other peoples. Be careful and deliberate about those footsteps you follow, because you will end up at their destination, not yours.
Beautifully put, Morgs.
A helpful reminder for those of us who utilize these mental models for maximizing efficiency and impact in our jobs that we should be putting the same level of critical thought into there things that will actually make us feel fulfilled at the end of the day.
Looking forward to reading more of the Figures series!
Hi Morgan, really appreciated the article here as I have grappled with similar questions in my career. UC Berkeley could be the driver behind these thoughts. One question I had is whether or not you think there is a risk of having too much speed (and not enough velocity) by trying to “manage the delicate balance between several” yardsticks for career success? Do you feel like you could be saying “yes” to too many yardsticks and if so, do you think prioritizing 1 or 2 yardsticks might be more effective than 5-6 to achieve velocity?
Really liked the visuals.
My favorite Figures yet! So much respect for your insightful, critical thinking and love to hear you share the application of it all with such personal truth. Bravo my friend :)
This was a great read!! Keep ‘em coming. Love the notion of “choosing your yardstick” for what job success looks like and recognizing that it’s a highly personal decision.
Really enjoyed this!! Especially, “Amazing how bluntly someone else can put feelings you’ve been unable to find words for”
So well written, Morgan!