I thought this post from Josh Kaufman was really good. We often get sidetracked by social "status seeking," or things that headlines, colleagues, or friends tell us we need to pay attention to. These things matter to them and they want us to feel the same way. I get it. It's natural to garner support for our passions, interests and concerns. Sometimes I do.
But, if we don't filter out what we don't care about, especially things we have no control over, the costs as Josh puts it, are: "Overwhelm. Anxiety. Horror. Insanity." I personally experience anxiety and overwhelm all too often. If I didn't intentionally employ "strategic apathy," I'd slip into the others as well. And who would that help?
I particularly like his take on choosing what you want, and not worrying about impressing others.
"Strategic apathy is a check on your own decision-making: a way to make sure you’re working on what you value long-term instead of what seems enticing on the surface.
So consider this formal permission to be strategically apathetic about fame, fortune, power, awards, recognition, luxury goods, and high position. You don’t have to climb the ladder. You don’t have to impress anyone. You don’t have to “change the world” or dedicate your life to any particular cause just because someone else wants you to..."
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