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Working On The Invisible – The Most Important Work Isn’t Always Seen

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” — Jonathan Swift

One thing I’ve noticed a lot of people don’t take into account is how “unsexy” most of our undertakings actually are.

We’ve got this warped sense of what it will be like to enter a certain profession or what it is to live a certain lifestyle.

This can be a good thing, we actually focus on the positives of what we want our lives to look like so that we have a reason to begin.

However, this also causes us to miss out on a lot of the stuff that isn’t in focus, and aren’t always seen.

Too often I see people giving up because they didn’t realize what it really means to achieve that goal. We don’t realize that it might mean working 12–15 hours a day, spending countless hours studying, doing things that are mind numbing for a few years, etc.

Let’s say you want to play football (soccer to some of you). Ask yourself: “How much of the time will I actually be in possession of the ball?”

There are 11 players on each side. Twenty-two players in total. Only one person gets to handle the ball at any one time. You’re probably not going to be in possession of the ball for the majority of the next 90 minutes.

So, should you ignore practicing your ball handling skills? No.

Should you spend disproportionate amounts of time on it? Nope.

The trick is to find a balance.

You’re going to be spending a lot of time running around, stopping the other team’s progress, faking injury, etc.

Invisible Man

That’s some serious head trauma.

Well, that’s a cynical and overly simplified way of looking at it, but you get my drift.

What I mean by this is that perhaps the things we feel are important are only a small aspect of what we’re actually going to spend our time doing.

While it’s great to have aspirations to focus your energies on that one thing, most of the time we spend on our work won’t be scoring the deciding goal of the World Cup.

It’s going to be spent practicing and honing our craft. Leveraging our strengths and working on our weaknesses.

If we can apply the same mentality toward life and/or whatever field (pun intended) we’re in, we might stick with it and end up getting better results.


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