Jason Fried

Jason Fried, co-founder of 37 Signals and author of Rework and Remote, on embracing obscurity:

I think obscurity is your friend when you’re just starting out. People want to get rid of the obscurity so everyone knows who they are and what they’re doing, but it’s nice to have that cushion of being able to mess up without anyone knowing or caring so that you can learn without the spotlight on you. Once the spotlight is on you, there’s a lot of pressure and you don’t need that kind of pressure early on. Take it easy, have a long-term view on things, build on little successes, and learn more before you try to go out and change the world.

Read the entire interview over at the always-fantastic The Great Discontent.

  • brittanyerin

    I agree that obscurity is good, but there’s something to be said about the natural, human desire to be heard and known. How do you balance the two in a productive and satisfying way?

    • http://www.heatherphysioc.com/seo-blog Heather Physioc

      Great question. I want to be known for what I do – and in turn get hired for what I do. The last sentence really spoke to me. I think it suggests that if we stop focusing on being heard and known, and instead focus on cultivating those little successes and making positive impacts, we will in turn get noticed as a result. (You know how they say you find the love of your life as soon as you stop looking for him/her? Same concept. Maybe we’ll find the recognition we crave as soon as we stop looking for it.)

  • Ani Remme

    There is a lot to be said about the statement ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’. Heisenberg might well agree with this statement in that by being introspective and remaining obscure, by the simple act of ‘showing up’ using clear intent and focus, you DO indeed change the world. Given the ‘Fractal and Holographic’ nature of matter (read The Holographic Universe by Talbot) by aligning ourselves and our actions with the desired outcome we want to see in the world, we contribute energy to a collective consciousness that makes this result more likely to occur. (Don’t get me started on Multiverse Theory!!)

    So….by creating change within ourselves first and then connecting with others, they become our teachers – by showing us where we still have work to do – as well as having the opportunity to share some of the insight we have had, helping others on their journey. Both states are necessary- obscurity and connection- again all about balance. Maybe learn how to juggle!

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