“There is a saying that every nice piece of work needs the right person in the right place at the right time.” – Benoit Mandelbrot
In ancient Greece there existed two words for “time”. One was “Chronos”, where the word “chronological” comes from, which means the passage of time. The other one was “Kairos”, which means “the supreme moment”.
Stop. Before anyone goes: “Thanks Zac, i’m off to see the wizard and wait for Kairos to show up. Toodles!” I need to clarify. I do NOT mean that they’re two separate things. They’re one and the same. It’s just how you choose to use time that determines whether it’s Chronos or Kairos.
We could basically look at Chronos as the quantity of time and Kairos as the quality of time.
We’ve all seen this scenario in one form or another. Angry employee bursts into the boss’s office and screams something like: “I’ve given 20 years of my life to this company and this is how you repay me? By promoting some infant with no real world experience?”. As far as plots for movies go, this trope is as good as any.
Let’s just say for the sake of argument that the guy bursting into the office had been dutifully tapping away his days just waiting to be seen and get picked by management for promotion. All the while this apparently grown-up-sized-toddler-monster has been actively promoting himself for the last 3 years and constantly growing (don’t worry, it’s natural for babbys to grow, it’s kind of their thang) into the position.
Does it still sound unfair? Is it more valuable to have spent 20 years doing the same thing over and over or 3 years honing your skills and evolving? Loyalty has to count for something, I mean, talk about consistency. But is that all we want to look for? What about the quality of the time spent?
There’s a great quote by Abraham Lincoln that sums it up really well: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Here are a few more quotes to sharpen your mind!
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh
“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.” – Elbert Hubbard
“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” – Anthony Robbins
“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” – Mark Twain