Who Are We Seeking To Become?

from Seth’s Blog

We get what we invest in. The time we spend comes back, with interest.

If you practice five minutes of new, difficult banjo music every day, you’ll become a better banjo player. If you spend a little bit more time each day whining or feeling ashamed, that behavior will become part of you. The words you type, the people you hang with, the media you consume…

The difference between who you are now and who you were five years ago is largely due to how you’ve spent your time along the way.

The habits we groove become who we are, one minute at a time. A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.

[And the same thing is true for brands, organizations and movements.]

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54 Responses to Who Are We Seeking To Become?

  1. Zachary Crockett October 11, 2019 at 1:20 pm #

    Seth’s blog again is on point here. We tend as humans to think our actions now are minuscule and that it is not repeated. Seth also goes into explaining the habits we practice today reveal who we are in the future. If we complain today, we will be more obligated to complain tomorrow. He also goes on to say we do not value time. We neglect that one minute or one year means everything. Any small act overtime eventually develops who were. To be a productive human being takes the ability to seize the little opportunities we have throughout the day. If one has a few hours throughout the day and decides to spend it watching cartoons and eating snacks instead of maybe reading a book, doing extra studying or fitness; overtime this decision will reveal who they are over time. All in all, I believe we should really put more emphasis on having the discipline for performing the best one possibly can.

  2. Ryan Geschickter October 11, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

    Seth’s overall has a great concept of a blog and asks a question that seems to come across my mind ever so often now that I am a junior in college, and that question is ‘who are we truly seeking to become?’ When I was in high school, the main questions were always ‘what school are you attending?’ Or what ‘degree are you pursuing and what do you intend to do with it?’ While these questions were truly way too early for someone who is just getting ready to enter college, it seems on a bigger scale that those questions are necessary to get used to change that many are not accustomed to before entering college.
    Presently, I am in my junior year at Seton Hall University and the change from high school to college is a tremendous one as well as the different years of college. When I was a freshman you just think of the main courses you’re taking and not really about what the end goal is, but certainly have an idea. Each year progressively helps one gain more insight on who they truly want to become as character as well as for an overall career. It is truly necessary to presume that I will learn way more about where my career path lays after this year which is exciting and also carries with its nervousness.
    In my personal instance, my overall career goal is to be the general manger of a professional sport team. There still is much time till I want to reach that career goal and is something I hope to become. With that very hard field, it requires calmness as well as positivity for the situations that may be happening on the field as well as off the field. I would like to center my relationship with God first as well as my family and friends who have been there for me. I still, and always will never forget the people who made a difference in my life while teaching me so many life lessons that I can use to not only better my career, but also better myself.

  3. Trinity Holland October 18, 2019 at 10:54 am #

    Though this article is very short, I think its an extremely important concept to think about. Especially in college, I think many people think of the end result and their end goals without thinking about the steps and the process required to achieve those goals. I’ve had friends who go to college with the intention of getting good grades and graduating with a certain degree in mind. Rather than focus on the steps they needed to take in order to achieve those results, they spent their time on other things such as partying and going out. Eventually, after doing this so often they get into a habit, and don’t realize it’s been affecting them until the end of the semester when they get a bad grade in the class or fail the class and have to retake it. Though some people might view doing homework, studying, and putting extra work into a class on a daily basis as something small, as stated in the article, “The habits we groove become who we are, one minute at a time. A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.” All of the “little” steps are important in carrying us to our goal. I feel that I think about this concept on a daily basis. As a student-athlete on both an academic and athletic scholarship, while being involved in clubs and organizations and having an on-campus job, I have to remind myself on a daily basis that everything I do and everything I am involved in is a necessary step in order to achieve what I want to do in the future. Though I sacrifice my time with friends, energy, and sleep, it’s a necessary sacrifice for me because of my end goal.

  4. Samuel Kihuguru November 8, 2019 at 3:57 pm #

    Seth’s article brought to mind a familiar term: Garbage in, garbage out. It is almost counter-intuitive to think that the activities and the people we immerse ourselves around today will change the person we become in the future. He gives a great example with music practice: “If you practice five minutes of new, difficult banjo music every day, you’ll become a better banjo player”. The key component about this word of advice is continuous development. We learn from a young age how to hold a pencil and write characters. We fumbled with the pencil and often found ourselves writing with a fist-hold. As we grew older, we took on those skills – considering them far no more than rudimentary elements of writing. We began to take on styles of handwriting like cursive and this was ingrained into our way of communication on paper. Comprehension and grammatical error are probably the last elements of writing that we still find challenges in moving into college. But we came from somewhere. Practice makes perfect, yes. But continuous development ensures that you are moving beyond the practice to teaching yourself to be a more effective person than you were before. I liked this article because of this emphasis and see myself taking up the challenge to become who I want to be progressively in the lessons I take on programming in LinkedIn Learning, the conference meetings I attend, the Career Center opportunities that are available for me to practice interviewing and review writing, and understanding the slew of financial news data by getting engaged on the Yahoo Finance app. The future is not certain, but our present is a gift for us to make what will of what we have.

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