Here’s the latest addition to my wall of inspiration:
The Expert Enough manifesto reminded me of a Swedish word I heard about: ‘lagom’. Like the Danish word ‘hygge’, it’s a word that’s difficult to translate. Like the little bear’s porridge, ‘lagom’ is just right. Lagom is not too much, not too little, not excessive or extreme in any way.
The Expert Enough manifesto expresses this concept of ‘lagom’ to me. It says you don’t have to be the best in the world at one particular thing but that it’s a positive trait to be good at lots of things. I truly believe that comparison is the thief of joy (thank you, Theodore Roosevelt) and that each of us has the potential for brilliance within us. I love the fact that this manifesto encourages us to take responsibility for our own learning and development. Like many of my coaching clients, I don’t want a life of relentless striving towards being the world’s greatest expert at one thing – I want a life of discovery, creativity and excellence. How about you?
Today’s pebble for you to consider: are you striving for perfection or are you expert enough? Are you lagom?
What do you think?
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