Always Aim for Higher Quality

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

Steve Jobs

Quality speaks loudly to what we care about. That goes for things we create and the things we enjoy as consumers.

Even movies that are ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ are only so-bad-it’s-good because of the amount of dedication and care put in them. Pretty much everyone can smell inauthenticity like a rank sewer.

Of course, there’s a lot of low-quality things we can buy, like cheap jeans or a mattress from a “going out of business” sale, but that’s more about large companies making things affordable to the masses. These things are designed to be cheap and replaced frequently. It’s wasteful, but it’s not necessarily low quality.

The big contributor to low quality is lack of care. Meaning, not caring in general (because you prioritize other things) or lack of motivation to care in moments when you are called too.

But in order to create something worthwhile and impactful, we have to give a d🎄mn about what we are doing and have a continuous desire to learn and improve as we do it.

The ‘what’ and the ‘why’ will look different from each of us, but the ‘how’ flourishes in giving our creative work everything we’ve got in the moment.

Care comes from:

  • Genuine interest.
  • Time given.
  • Attention given.
  • Curiosity given.
  • Playfulness.
  • And a desire to see it through.

Sometimes that means just trying a little bit more than you normally would (or think you could).

Usually, that means saying no to a lot of things, so you can say yes to this right thing.

And high quality always means caring about what you put your name on.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #786

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I️ want to be ALIVE

A Renaissance Life is about the art of living. Being ALIVE. Continuous learning and improvement. That being said, the best way to understand how to live is defining the opposite: Complacency. (Dun dun daaaaaaa)

Complacency is doing things — or not doing things — because, well, ‘I don’t care’. 

Complacency is complaining about our lives more than we act on changing them.

Complacency is giving into temptations of self-sabotage because things are good.

Complacency is giving into easy, fear, thoughts of never being good enough and every other million ways we can lock ourselves in a cage of our own design. 

The cure for complacency is designing your life. It’s trying new things and taking on pursuits. It’s learning, growing, and connecting with others. It’s adding a little (sprinkle) of positivity to the world.

Being ALIVE is taking up the mantle and choosing to be better than complacency and all of his ugly friends (apathy, despair, and self-loathing to name a few).

Being ALIVE is knowing you are capable of change and that change can be good. Second chances are always one step away.

Being ALIVE is committing to caring. Caring for what/who you love, caring for values and most of all caring for the well being of others.

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing

— Josh Waggoner

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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

“Thank you for life, and all the little ups and downs that make it worth living.”  — Travis Barker

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” — Dale Carnegie

Care

Caring is everything.

Care start’s the movement.

Care pushes us to act.

Care keeps us going.

Care for yourself, your mission, and you’ll light the way for others.

 

#KeepPursing,

Josh Waggoner

‘Brevity is the soul of wit.’  Email me (josh@renaissancemanlife.com) your thoughts on this post. Can you reduce the essential idea further?