I’ve always talked to folks about having a sense of urgency in life. Because that’s how I operate.
I look at the young & successful, and I feel like I’m 10 years behind. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing either.
If you don’t have nowhere to go and nothing to achieve, then you just take life as it comes: do your “job”, go home, have a beer, watch TV, hit the sack. Rinse, repeat.
But if you did have greatness to be achieved, that feeling that you are not yet where you ought to be, then you do things differently.
Having this sense of urgency is not the same as “being in a hurry”. Because when you’re in a hurry, you forget the basics, you overlook the fundamentals, you skip over the essentials, and you could end up going nowhere in a hurry.
But when you feel that you don’t have the luxury of time, the luxury that other “mere mortals” have, that’s when you transcend to a different level of your game.
I keep saying “sense of urgency”, but a much more beautiful way to say it is, “like your hair is on fire”.
Obviously, Seth doesn’t have much hair, so I’m pretty sure his scalp is on fire :-).
– Ravi Jayagopal