Being Good vs Being Interested
## Being Good vs Being Interested
There is a difference between being good at something and being interested in something.
Being good at something means that you've done all the homework, you've mastered the forms, you can read the cue cards properly.
Being good at something means getting a good job and earning a good wage.
Being good at something means you can compete with anyone better trained or better supported.
But being interested in something means so much more.
Being interested means that you care enough to explore, experiment, and challenge the status quo.
Being interested means that you're willing to risk looking stupid in public because there's a chance (albeit a small one) that being interested will lead to somewhere productive.
Being interested means persuading yourself to overcome your fear and not worry about 'doing it right'.
Caring and being interested are such rare qualities and often overlooked.
People often choose to be good instead.
They spend years being good at the wrong thing, cutting corners, shilling, and repeating what has already been repeated instead of daring to be original.
This is because they are afraid (afraid to be interesting, afraid to lose their job, afraid to stand out) they have eventually pushed away from the work they could have done.
And then, ironically, they are good at nothing.
"I'm just doing my job" is an effective way to get through the day for many people, a way to seem manageable, a way to avoid coming off as a jerk or a maverick.
Over time, though, this nothingness becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
That's why we should care enough to be interested... in everyone... if we care enough.
The easiest way to show care is to be interested.
(but the best way to show interest is to care).
Everyone has a chance to be interested... if you can get out of your comfort zone.