Something that has been on my mind recently is the concept of complacency. Truth be told, the refusal to be complacent has always been ingrained in me. As one thing ends, I am always looking for the next big thing, the next challenge to sink my teeth into, the next great opportunity. Sometimes I feel like I am physically incapable of sitting still and being unproductive- I need challenges to thrive.
Complacency is a killer. When you allow yourself to be too comfortable without doing anything about it, you stop growing and you stagnate. The moment you feel like the biggest fish in the pond, is the moment you should be taking yourself out of that environment. It’s easy to fall into that trap. It’s safe and familiar, and you know exactly what you are doing.
But instead, aspire to be in a room where everyone is smarter and/or more competent than you. Only then will you learn and grow and push yourself to become even better. Learning doesn’t stop after your formal education, nor does it stop when you’ve reached the top of the hierarchical ladder- there is always something that you can improve on.
Don’t be complacent. You won’t be doing yourself any favours. You owe it to yourself to strive to be the best that you can be. Venturing out into the unknown can be nerve-wracking and scary, but it’s only when you’re uncomfortable that you are able to test your limits, thrive, and realize what you are capable of.