In life, we all try to improve our lot, whether it be getting a better education or a better job. People naturally need to feel like that in life, like they are progressing. But what determines progression essentially? What certifies that a person has achieved a higher level of some sort?
An entity that regularly grades our progress in life is society. It has its own crude grading system, every person has their own grading system, including you too. Society’s grading system comes from the values of the people in that particular society.
The problem with this is that it is people-centric and tends to be biased towards certain ideals. Disregarding possible important ones that were deemed not important for that society. In a typical society, learning certain old skills that may not land you a “hot” job or get you a large revenue might bring scrutiny.
We get graded by outside forces around us. They would set the minimum pass mark that you need to pass and the best you can muster up to if you are able. We can be greatly influenced by these marks and scores given to our efforts. They can de-motivate us or spur us to try harder, to get to that state or level we need.
When being graded by outside entities the evaluation is limited to that entity’s expectation and learning boundaries. You can actually learn skills and gain things not only outside but beyond that. This means progress is not limited to what you are being rewarded for by the entity.
Our own main grade system is usually what we follow, taking advice and reviews from family and people close to us on our progress. Progress is a like sugar it gives us a rush, a feeling that can spur us. With the right application, a small progress can push us to great success. We all want to feel like our efforts have some substance outside of our own boundaries.
So ask yourself do you think your progress in life is good enough for you and the people closest to you.
David Shaw is a certified nerd and scum of the earth. Jamaican by birth, he enjoys long walks and the simple things in life. He is also an entrepreneur, writer and graphic designer. You can follow his mundane madness on twitter @davidcs_aw