Why Boredom Is The Secret Weapon Successful People Use To Unlock Their Full Potential
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As children, we’re conditioned to think boredom is terrible — something to avoid.
However, the opposite is true. Yet another life dichotomy that leaves you scratching your head and pondering your beliefs. I hate boredom. With ADHD and a type-A personality, novelty and I are best friends, leading me to fear monotony.
Over the years, however, I’ve learned that it’s embracing boredom that allows you to unlock your full potential.
Challenge the status quo and embrace the power of boredom.
“The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom.” — James Clear
When you get bored, you enter an uncomfortable space, like an addict without drugs.
You feel you must do something, forcing you to chase novelty or low-value busyness constantly. As soon as people lose a slight interest in doing the same thing day in and day out and don’t feel motivated or bored, they adopt a new strategy, even when the old one works just fine.
As Machiavelli noted, “Men desire novelty to such an extent that those who are doing well wish for a change as much as those who are doing badly.”
Boredom is not something to fear but welcomed.
When we allow ourselves to be bored, we create space for creativity, innovation, and growth to flourish.
We do the right things repeatedly, even when “today” we don’t feel like doing it.
You still pick up the phone to make sales calls.
You still write.
You still put on your workout clothes.
It’s just a matter of accepting boredom as the path to success.
So, how can you embrace boredom and reap the benefits?
First, recognize that boredom is not a waste of time but a necessary part of growth.
Second, don’t be afraid to stick with a task or project, even if it feels boring or mundane.
Showing up day in and day out, even when it’s not exciting, sets professionals apart from amateurs.
It’s your choice how you show up.
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