Few people in this world have done things that are extraordinary. When asked who are extraordinary people like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein would come to mind. All of these people have one thing in common. They are not satisfied with how things are right now, and they want to build a better future for all of us.
“You shouldn’t do things differently just because they’re different. They need to be… better.” — Elon Musk
What is Complacency?
According to the dictionary complacency is: “a feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc”
However, I don’t like this definition. To summarize what and how this mindset can affect you and society in a negative way, let us instead look at the life of an average human. They will have a standard childhood, play sports, hang out with friends. Then finish high school with good to average grades and will eventually go to university. Not ever questioning why, but are doing so because it is what everyone else is doing and their parents told them to. They will then spend another four years in university/college, and develop the skills that will help them have a desk job for the next 30 years. And will never try to exceed the norm or follow their goals.
This is what I think complacency is. Never being the person that is asking why things are happening or how they can be different.
There is nothing wrong per say with being this person, but if you are someone that wants to do incredible things you are going to have to act differently.
So What To Do?
The best way to get out of this mindset is to not be satisfied. If you never question why things are the way that they are then you will never be able to think on your own. When Albert Einstein came up with his theory of relativity everyone thought he was insane. For the last hundreds of years, everyone thought that time was linear. Einstein on the other hand didn’t want to immediately agree with this but wanted to do his own experiments and have his own theory. And it turns out he was right.
Another key point that needs to be made is, I do not want you to think after this article that I am saying you question everything, like why do we need air to breathe. I want you to instead realize in what areas of your life are you lacking, and where could you try to think differently and ask questions that would be able to make a change.