The Paradox Of Awesome
Looking back at March, I spent several days in New York City, a couple days in Pittsburgh for TEDxCMU, almost a week in Austin for SXSW, almost two weeks in Tucson with my family, two more nights in Austin with Betty Jean, and a night each in New Orleans and Knoxville. Along the way I connected with literally hundreds of amazing people, creating solid friendships with dozens of them. Needless to say, it was pretty awesome.
I was looking at Facebook today and I realized that I added exactly 100 Facebook friends in March. At least half of these people are of such high quality that we connected immediately and starting engaging in some of the deepest conversations I’ve ever had. I will be friends with several of these people for the rest of my life. Hell, I even say “I love you” when I get off the phone with some of them (I love you Andy Drish).
The one thing I’m starting to struggle with though with is fitting everyone in. My life is filled with so many awesome people that it’s getting hard to give everyone their due time. In addition, I have hundreds of friends from past lives that I regularly keep in touch with as well. At this rate, setting aside quality time for my friends is turning into a full time job.
I was talking to one of my closest friends Nick Reese about this and we came up with the term “The Paradox of Awesome.” A lot has been written about the Paradox of Choice and it’s a similar idea. How do you deal with so many amazing opportunities and people in your life?
Just in the past month alone I’ve had offers of attending Thai massage school in Thailand, going to Machu Picchu, hiking the Appalachian trail, and exploring the hidden gems of Iowa.
I’m also getting countless emails to work on projects with friends, do challenges together, start mastermind groups, and meet for networking meetings.
Granted, it’s a good problem to have, but it’s only going to keep getting more complicated as I continue living my life on purpose and attracting similar minded individuals. I’m so grateful for the tribe of superheroes that I’ve started to share my life with. But I want to make sure I’m able to give everyone the time they deserve.
So what should I do? How do you deal with the Paradox of Awesome in your life?