The Non-liner Approach To Your Ideal Self

Ah yes, time for yet another TV-inspired post.

Ms. Kim is the main character of the Korean TV series "Queen of Office". She's a contractual worker (apparently a problem there as well, not just here). But not an ordinary one.

The Non-liner Approach To Your Ideal Self. Being better - being you ideal self - isn't about climbing a ladder. It's simply completing yourself by acquiring skills and achieving goals. Improvement is about being better and not necessarily about following a script. There is no up, down or sideways. It's all just a matter of growth. Life is just a series of choices, whether we see them or not. Just choose to be better every day.
She's relatively highly paid and much sought after. She even dictates the terms of her contract. Negotiations and job interviews are practically formalities where she tells her employer what the setup will be. (Yes, an obviously only-on-tv thing; but there's a real point to this at the end.)

On the surface, this is because she is incredibly efficient and knowledgeable. It's also partly because she's a jack of all trades (though in true TV fashion, seemingly a master in all of them).

But in more practical terms she also provides value-added services - not only does she complete her normal desk work promptly and excellently, she also insists on making coffee (because the usual office coffee is terrible, and she brews great coffee), mops the floor, cleans the comfort rooms, and uses a variety of impressive skills to complete the team's goals.

She is, of course, a fictional character and there isn't much point in comparing ourselves to someone whose skills, personality, and even experiences were scripted and planned out. Right?

But as is sometimes the case, art (or TV in this case) can be a mere reflection of life. Exaggerated maybe - or perhaps a limited, pale reflection.

Polymaths ("renaisance men") have existed throughout history. People who were not only multi-skilled but also masters in various fields.

Which brings us to a rather interesting fact. The most common path (or most widely recognized one, at least) to success is to get into a good school, graduate with high grades, get employed in a big company, get promoted, and retire as a high-ranking officer of the company. It's a straight line going up.

But all too often that plan can go off track.

  • That great school maybe too expensive, or it just so happened that we didn't get a high enough score on the entrance exam. 
  • A particular subject (math! hehe) may prove particularly challenging, requiring too much time and attention just to pass that one subject and draining time and brain-power away from others.
  • The workforce may be overly competitive, and it's not our fault if those big companies have no vacancies for good jobs.

But in times like these, it's important to remember that improvement is about being better and not necessarily about following a script. There is no up, down or sideways. It's all just a matter of growth.

Being better - being you ideal self - isn't about climbing a ladder. It's simply completing yourself by acquiring skills and achieving goals - of which everyone has multiple, and never all about one thing.

If you don't like your job or it's not challenging enough, then see it as an opportunity to develop new skills.

If life has become routine, then it's an opportunity to take on new challenges.

If you want to do or learn something but don't have the time, then try to just go ahead and do it. You might be right, but you could also be wrong and find that somehow you're able to make time for it.

Life is just a series of choices, whether we see them or not. Just choose to be better every day.



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