Have you heard of ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’? Albert Camus captured this ancient Greek tale in his incredible essay. In it, a man is confined by the Gods to carry a boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll all the way to the bottom again – for eternity.
In the essay, Camus managed to encapsulate that feeling we’ve all come across. That we’re struggling in vain. That, for all our efforts, we are tiny and insignificant, up against an uncaring world. And we are. But we can find meaning in that daily grind – our own personal boulder.
“The struggle itself is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.”
Jocko Willink is a retired Navy SEAL and best-selling author. His podcast is one to remember. One of the (many) highlights is captured in the video below: it’s his method for dealing with every setback, tiny or gargantuan. It boils down to one word: good.
Failed an exam? Good. You weren’t ready. More time to study and become a better student.
Didn’t get the promotion? Good. Learn why, and you have the opportunity to shore up weaknesses.
Relationship fails? Good. You’ll fix it and make it work, or it wasn’t meant to be.
We all have burdens to bear. Moaning or despairing about it won’t help. You’ll still have to get the damn boulder up the hill somehow. So, you may as well enjoy the journey. Find meaning in your toil.
Shoulder your load – then run with it.
Let’s kick Monday off with a bang. One of my closest friends has started a blog. I think the premise is great, and I’m impressed at how quickly it’s gone from a phone call to a gorgeous website.
The Young Pros is a platform for driven people in the early stages of their careers, from all walks of life. The idea is we can all can share our experiences on a level playing field. We all have so much to learn from one another. One of my greatest joys is extracting valuable lessons from places you wouldn’t expect them. What could I, heading into a career in consulting, learn from a salesperson? What about a lawyer, or forensic accountant?
I’m honoured he let me write a guest post for him (the first of what I’m sure will be many) entitled: ‘Derivatives, Scandals and the Power of Storytelling’. Head over and check it out (and more besides) if you’re interested.