Living a Non-Average Life Means You Need to Stop Doing Average Things

In a world filled with conformity and conventionality, where the well-trodden path often leads to mediocrity, true success lies in embracing the zig while others zag.

One such enlightening opportunity comes from the book “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg. This insightful read offers a glimpse into the inner workings of one of the world’s most innovative and successful companies. The authors emphasize a seemingly unconventional but vitally important skill: interviewing for jobs. While many might dismiss this as a minor task in the grand scheme of things, the authors argue that it’s the most critical skill at Google. Mark Zuckerberg echoes a similar sentiment, revealing that he dedicates a substantial portion of his time to conducting interviews.

Surprisingly, the authors note that getting employees to actively participate in the interviewing process is akin to pulling teeth. People shy away from it, citing discomfort or disinterest. Yet, in this reluctance lies a treasure trove of growth and development. By embracing the opportunity to interview, individuals can hone their communication skills, critical thinking, and the ability to assess talent—all while getting paid for it. Moreover, the beauty of this opportunity is that one doesn’t need to bear the brunt of the consequences, as interviewees aren’t often direct reports.

This lesson underscores a profound truth: avoiding discomfort means missing out on growth. Just as choosing not to do something ensures one doesn’t get better at it, the same applies to life’s challenges. Hence, our journey to success lies in confronting these challenges head-on, not evading them.

In my own journey, I’ve embraced opportunities that others have overlooked. I’ve witnessed young colleagues squandering valuable company-sponsored training sessions, opting for distraction over growth. I’ve observed them frittering away their evenings in bars instead of engaging in productive endeavors. These micro-choices, seemingly insignificant, build up to shape one’s trajectory.

But, as I stand before you today, I implore you to seize these chances. These opportunities to zig while others zag are your stepping stones to a future far beyond the ordinary. Admittedly, not every venture will yield the desired outcome, and that’s okay. Failure is a part of the journey. Yet, the act of seizing the opportunity, of engaging with life’s challenges, propels you forward.

I once chose loyalty over the allure of higher salaries, staying with a company for years while others hopped from one role to another seeking instant monetary gratification. In the end, the rewards were not solely financial; they encompassed a depth of experience and growth that extended beyond the confines of a paycheck.

So, my friend, I urge you to look around, spot those ignored chances, and grasp them tightly. Forge your own path, embrace the zig, and revel in the extraordinary life that awaits. Just remember, the route to greatness is paved with the stones of discomfort, and only by stepping on them can you truly rise above the rest.

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By Will Chou

I am the the founder of this site and I am grateful you are here to be part of this awesome community. I help hard-working Asian American Millennials get rich doing work they love.


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