Deciding When To Peak
You don’t always get to choose when you’re going to peak. Some people get lucky and a piece of work or something they do blows up and they’re suddenly the most famous person on earth at 25. Or maybe you work your whole life towards something, improving with every project and relationship until your 50s and 60s and then your body of work becomes the thing you’re known for. You can’t plan for those things. Fame and success sort of happen on their own.
But let’s say you could. Lat’s say you’re in control of when you peak in your career. Do you choose success at 20? And then spending the rest of your life in the shadow of that success riding it out and feeling entitled because, after all, you created that thing that everyone knows and loves. Or, do you choose to peak at the tail end of your working career? To have become such an expert and create a body of work that showcase true dedication and ability. I suppose it’s also possible that you choose to peak in your 30s after a decade of service and work, or your 40s, to be followed with several decades of riding that wave.
Let’s say you can’t create that peak for yourself. You need press and followers and fans and attention in one way or another. But what are you in control of? (Is this a question just for creative people?) You’re in control of the risks you take and the jobs you buy into. You’re in control of your resources and where you invest your time, thought and money. You’re in control of the network you build and the outreach you make. All of that stuff influences success and notoriety.
So if you want to be Mark Zuckerberg and peak in your 20s, then what are you staying up late at night thinking abut, making, and doing? Who are you surrounding yourself with and how are you taking risks that might pay off even bigger than you’d expect?
Now’s the time.