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The Accomplishment Trap — 3 Comments

  1. I like your blog.

    I wonder if there is a flip-side to your discussion. You speak of “giv[ing] up wanting to accomplish.” Suppose that one does that. One will have, then, accomplished “giv[ing] up wanting to accomplish.” One would now be, supposedly, better off than one was before. Given this picture, I wonder if you would say that one is no longer burdened by the accomplishment trap.

    One reason to think that one IS burdened is because one still (I assume) wants to accomplish things. The only difference between one’s previous accomplishments and one’s current ones is in kind. I wonder on what grounds one would (or better, could) justify pursuing one kind of accomplishment over another, or how one would (or better, could) convince oneself that one pursuit was better than the other, or something like that.

    I have had similar worries myself.

    • I am not sure i understand what your concern is, Bill. Are you saying that giving up wanting to accomplish is in itself an accomplishment? If so, why would that be problematic? Or are you saying that we cannot live without trying to accomplish things?

      According to a dictionary “accomplish” means “achieve or complete successfully.” I suppose, you could complete planting something successfully when, say, the plant grows fruit that you can actually harvest. The accomplishment trap i am talking about is different, though: It’s a trap because we entangle accomplishment with our self-worth.

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