What’s The Reward For Being Good At Something?

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All of us are good at something, if not everything.

It could be anything — professional or recreational, cooking or consulting, singing or marketing, writing or playing, skiing or designing.

When we try to get good at something, first, we develop a liking for that something. We work hard, practice, persevere and get better at it. We begin to get noticed. We begin to be known for it.

And, naturally, we do more of it.

Is it then safe to conclude that the reward for being good at something is — more of that something?

Yes, it is.

Essentially, we strive to excel at things because we want to do more of those thing. We are constantly seeking more of what we enjoy doing. That’s our innate nature.

This brings us to another meaningful question — does being good at something mean that we do more and more of the same thing?

The answer, fortunately, is yes.

We are doing more good to the world by doing more of the things we are good at.

At the same time, what we consider as good is constantly evolving. Growing with time; with us. And in order to remain good, we have to persistently keep getting better. Keep finding new and newer ways to do different things differently.

The reward, therefore, of being good at something is akin to a rolling trophy. The reward of ‘more of that something’ is only with you until you retain your competitive edge; until you keep getting better. The moment you lose it, it someone else’s prized possession.