Notes from a Floating Life Thoughts about productivity, digital living, and leading a simpler life

On Not Achieving Everything

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We all have things that we want to achieve in our careers. There are things we want to do in life. But most of us don’t achieve all of that. Not even close.

There’s nothing wrong with that.

In our hyper-competitive world, it seems that anyone who hasn’t made millions on an IPO, hasn’t done everything on their bucket list, hasn’t mastered 42 skills or six languages by the time they’re 30 is deemed a failure.

It’s a sad commentary on life today.

But it’s OK not to achieve everything. It doesn’t mean you didn’t try. Life is funny. Things get in the way. Family, health, a career, contentment. There are curve balls a plenty thrown our way, numerous obstacles dropped in our paths. There are only so many hours in the day, so many days in the year. It’s not surprise that most of us don’t achieve everything we aspire to.

Look closely at all those uber-competitive people out there. Have all of them achieved everything? You can be sure that there’s at least one aspect of their lives lacking.

Regardless, do you want to spend all your your waking hours working? Do you want to be constantly glued to your smartphone or your laptop? Or do you want more balance in your life?

I hope you’d choose the latter.

And what about no achieving everything? Don’t stress about it. Remember that life is meant to be lived, not just filled with a constant stream or work or with dubious experiences. Instead, try to achieve the most important goals in your life. Strive for balance. Try to spend your life living and not at the assembly line of productivity and career. You might not achieve everything, but you’ll definitely have a life worth living.

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