More, more, more!

When you start out a certain line of work, you have little beliefs on how things should be done, because... well, you just don't know. So you sit back and if you're good, you'll observe things really carefully with eyes and ears wide open, and your mouth shut.

Eventually, you'll learn. You'll get the hold on best practices. Standard procedures and behaviors. You'll get practical know-how on that line of work, and if it turns out you really love it, you'll start investing your time more and more on it, you'll start learning by yourself and you'll eventually get good at it.

There is, however, a type of "tipping point" in your own perception of things. That moment when you realize, "wait a minute... this doesn't sound right", even if you're not quite sure why you feel that way.

I have begun to feel that way about structure. I have been a structure freak for quite some time (and proud of it!), and seeing things out of place (in literal and symbolic ways) just makes me flinch at first, and then I obsess with solutions. This applies for personal issues, relational issues and professional issues. It's just how I work.

Structure to me is the only way you can avoid chaos. Duh, right? But step back for a second and think of all the times structure was not respected, and what happened. If it's so obvious as I like to think it is, then why do so many people disregard structure for the (dare I say, shallow) sake of just wanting more, more and more?

I understand that working to have more is the cornerstone of modern capitalism, it's what makes the economy spin and businesses grow. And I also understand that we're eager to prove ourselves and show that ours is quite bigger. What I don't understand is not giving a crap about what you already have just because you're so obsessed with the next big thing.

Seth Godin put it quite well on a recent blog post:

More fame! More money! More investment! Push too hard and you lose what you came with and don't get what you came for.

Insatiability doesn't work on the long term. Structure does. Work hard, aim high but know your shit. Know when "more" will actually be less.