Why Being Great Is So Much Harder Than People Realize

by Michael Simmons on Dec 2, 2017

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Credit: New York Times

This fascinating New York Times video changed the way I think about career success.

It shows the world records in the men’s 100-meter sprint between 1896 and 2012. Notice anything interesting?

There’s almost a straight line of improvement of over time.

Now, if you have any curiosity about how the world works, you have to ask yourself, “What’s going on here? What does this say about how greatness is achieved?”

In this article, I make the case that what we’re seeing here is a pattern that happens across almost all fields and industries: The amount to learn in order to be great is increasing exponentially.

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I'm the co-founder of Empact, one of the leading entrepreneurship education organizations in the world. I'm obsessed with understanding how we all can lead meaningful lives that have a positive social impact. I love probing into the truth of how we experience life. I believe that challenges are what make us grow the most, and I openly share my experiences. Continue reading…


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