I really enjoyed listening and watching one of Evan Carmichael’s recent Top 10 Rules. This was about Quentint Tarantino. I’m a big fan of him so this was easy to watch.
The part that really struck me reminded me of a post I wrote a while back titled: Start, The Pressure Will Deliver, where explain that I believe in working under pressure. Tarantino has a similar perspective and he consciously followed this principle early on in his career.
The specific part of the interview that I like is where he talks about being a big fish in a puddle. He explains an anlogy about running the 100 meter sprint.
If you run with people in your category, you know you’ll win. Hands down, you know you’re the best.
But if you run with people that are faster, stronger than you, then you may come in last. Maybe you’ll come in last every single time. But your time will be better. You will be stronger.
Essentially saying that if you don’t push yourself, if you dont’ surround yourself with motivation to do better, you may win. And believe me, it will feel good. But you won’t grow. If your competition is at the same level or lower than you, then it’s easy to win.