The Double-Edged Question That Drives Nonstop Improvement

And it’s a hell of a question.

Taken the right way, it can lead to success, riches, fame, etc. It can help you do work you have never done before, work that has never been done before.

Taken the wrong way, the effect is quite opposite. Under the improper conditions, the question will turn you into a stifled savant, suffering under the weight of it all.

This is the question we all must face. We all must answer.

“Could this be better?”

On one hand, the answer is “yes,” for an indefinite amount of time. But where does that leave you? It leaves you with unfinished projects, unrealized dreams, untapped potential.

On the other — “No, this could not be better.” — I could barely even type that. The reply implies complete mastery. Do you dare claim that over your work?

Wait a minute. I’ve steered you wrong a bit. So far, this question has been pointed at work because work is the least meaningful target. What glory or damage might this same quandary do when posed to a marriage? Or a family? Or a life?

The question is a paradox, at once redeeming and damning. Here is the only ways I’ve been able to keep it from ruining me (most of the time):

  • Die every day
  • Focus 95% of my energy on only four people
  • Do 30 seconds more of what I love each 24 hours
  • Sprint for no reason

Will these win my war? Maybe. Who can say?

Are they helping so far?

They move me forward, little by little and day by day.

For now, that’s enough.

“Fight, and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay.”
— Albus Dumbledore, Philosopher

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Much love,

— Todd B