Not exceptional yet


The most difficult illusions to suspend are often those which we hold for ourselves.

If you think you can be better still at something, your mind will naturally gravitate toward looking for ways to become better.

If you’re convinced that you’re already great, this gravitational pull is far less compelling.

We cannot become exceptional something without first appreciating that we are not exceptional at it… yet.

You cannot make progress without first recognizing that there is progress to be made.

Celebrating progress is important; milestones help keep us motivated in any arduous journey.

But at the same time, for the sake of being the best we can be at whatever it is that matters to us, we would also do well to be wary of any notion of being exceptional.



William Liao

Taiwanese American, daily blogger of ideas about impactful work in service of others, photographer (