Pursue Excellence in Obscurity

Don’t concern yourself with The numbers.

Follower counts. Shares. Likes. Comments. Reviews. etc

Yes, each number is a person. However, a number doesn’t represent impact.

And yes, ‘what gets measured gets managed’. But we live that phrase by ‘what gets obsessively-looked-at-every-ten-minutes gets overwhelming’.

The fact is, whatever you are pursuing is most likely a long term goal. And success we see online is viewed without the in-between. We don’t see the rise, the grit, and pain and struggle to make something happen. We just see the success story, which, for some, can be discouraging (myself included).

Don’t fall into this temptation.

Overnight success isn’t a singular event.
It’s the accumulation of daily effort and persistence getting there +

Therefore let’s

Pursue excellence in obscurity.

Be bold, take risks, be weird, and make (beautiful) mistakes.

Once there’s a spotlight on you, your failures will become ten-fold, and it will become difficult to try new things with the fear of failing publicly on your back.

Those with greater attention and capital than us will have some things made in the shade, (such as flexibility and freedom. i.e. Free from worry about too little money) but they have given up their obscurity for the barrage of the anonymous. 

If you ask them, they will tell you there’s a price for attention. The price is worth the freedom, but there’s still a price.

Enjoy the obscurity.
Because if you are pursuing excellence, you won’t have it for long.

#KeepPursing, — Josh Waggoner

related wisdom

“Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.” — A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” — Confucius


“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” —Steve Jobs

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