How do you strive to get better at something if you don’t know what it is you are aiming towards?
If you are not involved in a competitive sport, where ‘winning’ is the objective, you must come up with new objectives. A handy objective we choose is often money. It’s easy to measure. And then, to make the game fun, we add in the tradeoffs. Sure, it’s faster and easier to collect money if you go and work in finance (near the money.) But there’s that lifestyle tradeoff that isn’t for everyone.
So we come up with other measures: parameters that can be quantified as well. Views, followers, publications, patents, etc. Then again, mostly these quantifiable bits can be traded again for money because they represent value created.
But what is going on underneath the surface of this game? What is going on when we act out the idea of winning-as-quantifiable, and according-to-xyz-parameters?
I think the other thing that is going on, under the surface, is that search for purpose or meaning that can’t be quantified.
So what happens if you just aim for that directly?