Skills and Challenges

Too many skills with not enough challenges leads to boredom.

Too few skills with more than enough challenges leads to anxiety.

Growing the right amount of skills and seeking the right amount of challenges is ultimately what we desire. When the two are in harmony we call that flow. (I highly recommend reading Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.)

As we grow, we acquire more skills and thus need new challenges to test these skills.

Think about how exciting it is to start a new job. You walk into a new business with a unique skill set, you begin tackling new challenges, you feel good and useful.

But then something happens, the challenges aren’t challenging anymore, they become routine. Slowly you drift into the boredom rhelm.

At this point you have two options:

  1. Seek or create new challenges within the business to solve
  2. Stay bored but collect that paycheck

No matter your career situation, you can (and should) seek or create challenges to solve. As you grow and conquer those challenges, your skills improve and will be required to seek or create newer challenges.

This process continues until your mind and/or body gives out.

The amazing thing is that life affords us many skills and challenges to explore. The trick is to find the right combination for a fulfilling career.