Working Hard at Something That Doesn’t Matter

” Our biggest worry should not be failure but prospering at things in life that do not truly matter.”
Last year, pre-pandemic, I went to a three-day yoga retreat in Arizona. I d never ever done such a thing prior to and was thinking of registering for a longer one, so this appeared like a safe introduction.
The yoga itself was good. I enjoyed the classes and fulfilled a few good people.
Amongst the group of one-hundred or two participants, I discovered that several of them spent a great deal of time working on their selfie game. Some even had a professional photographer in tow, who recorded their positions, tries at acro yoga, and swimsuit collections.
I got to talking with a few of the others while one extended photoshoot was taking place poolside. “Its so-and-so … theyre really well-known.”
And they were well-known, a minimum of sort of. So-and-so had half a million fans on Instagram, where she published photos of herself in swimsuits every day– and absolutely nothing else. That was it. For this, brands paid her real cash to reveal up at their hotels and … post another picture of themselves.
Good work if you can get it, maybe?
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If it sounds like Im critiquing the professional Instagram crowd, well, its an easy target. Im not going to get captured up in taking numerous poolside images searching for that one shot that will get optimum “engagement”– but I worry that Im not immune from the higher problem.
The greater issue is striving at the wrong things, getting proficient at something that doesnt really matter.
The internet makes it extremely simple to devote yourself to the craft of ineffective work. There are entire industries and occupations that include absolutely nothing but ineffective work.
Thats why filtering can be a real obstacle. Im willing to work long and hard at something that matters, however I do not desire to invest my minimal energy and time on whatever else.
So thats why Im questioning everything nowadays. Be careful the danger of striving at something that has no real worth!
— P.S. The quote at the top has numerous attributions: I found it on GoodReads credited to Francis Chan, but when Googling I saw many other uses returning to the 1800s, so Im not sure who first developed it.

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I got to talking with a few of the others while one extended photoshoot was taking place poolside. “Its so-and-so … theyre really popular.”
And they were famous, at least sort of. So-and-so had half a million fans on Instagram, where she posted pictures of herself in swimwears every day– and absolutely nothing else. For this, brand names paid her genuine money to show up at their hotels and … post another image of themselves.

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