The Big Fresh November 3, 2018 The Second Choice
Having a sense of security in one realm gives us the freedom to be original in another.
What’s your dream project? The one at the top of your bucket list, the item you need to check off to feel like you’ve hit your own personal professional summit? At the height of summer, classrooms are dark and distant. In the light of long sunny days, teachers start daydreaming about the work they love doing best with students, and how to do more of it in the coming school year.
Adam Grant, author of Originals, recommends you jot down the three projects you most want to complete.
Now cross out the first item on your list.
The second one is the one you are mostly likely to make happen.
This seems counterintuitive. Why not start with the work you’re most passionate about? Grant argues that we are so in love with the idea of the pet project that we can’t see the obstacles in our path. It’s what keeps us from getting the work done, or what flummoxes us when we do make an attempt.
The second project on your list is one where you already see some drawbacks, so you can be more realistic in understanding how you might tackle them to make your vision a reality.
I’ve come to believe the big impossible passion project is also a comfort in some ways. The purity of settling only for your big dreams means you don't have to face the ones that are hard but attainable with some compromises.
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