What Will Be Your Great Story: James C. Collins Says It’s Discipline

Do you want to be the best in the world at your core competency? What is your core competency? Are you unsure?

James C. Collins, the author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don’t, explains:

“Greatness is not a function of circumstance. Greatness, it turns out, is largely a matter of conscious choice, and discipline.”

Some strategies can help you find what you can be great at, here is what has helped me:

  1. Investigate your curiosities. Yes, that means take every curiosity you have ever had and explore them with an eye towards liberally killing them.
  2. Interrogate your passions. Once you have liberally killed many of your curiosities, what you have left must be interrogated with a bias towards a purpose.
  3. Your purpose.” You have filtered out what you do not love. Now find a world problem and see if your passion helps solves that problem. If it does, you have found a purpose.

Unfortunately, the purpose may not be what you will great at; it might only be another experiment on the journey of finding your greatness.