Many people have applied their attention to one of Zig Ziglar’s famous quotes:
“Don’t become a wandering generality. Be a meaningful specific.”
My favorite is this one written by a gentleman who coaches high school students preparing for college applications.
The reason I like this so much, it doesn’t just apply to college applications. It’s about knowing oneself well enough to focus their limited time and energy on the things that are precious to you. Yes, they get done what needs getting done, but they also prioritize and make space for your passions.
It’s fun to talk to a meaningful specific because they light up when they’re discussing their passion. They know why they’re doing what they do. They’ve done the reading and wish to contribute. These people can point to things they’ve done, projects they’ve initiated, and the impact of their efforts. They have hopes for their future and they are thoughtful about how to get there.
My wish for myself is to become a meaningful specific. At the moment I feel I’m a wandering general who is searching for the right set of filters to succinctly describe my passions, and then be able to act on them. In the meantime, these blog entries are a bit all over the board.