Balanced people don’t change the world.

5 Aug

One burner represents your family, one is your friends, the third is your health, and the fourth is your work. The gist, Pat said, was that in order to be successful you have to cut off one of your burners. And in order to be really successful you have to cut off two.

– David Sedaris

I generally agree with this statement. Liberal artists, as I see it, generally attempt balance. Or rather we’re taught balance is good: well-rounded knowledge, ability to connect with a variety of people, friends in lots of places, etc. Does that mean liberal artists don’t change the world?

Maybe, instead, liberal artists are the people that try, to extend the metaphor, to keep everything simmering with limited burners. Do we juggle the four areas more efficiently and better than everyone else? Or are we deluding ourselves into thinking balance achieves greatness?

(h/t Chris Guillebeau)

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One Response to “Balanced people don’t change the world.”

  1. Junia August 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    Hmmmm, he makes a good point. You know, I’ve never thought about it that way and it’s scary to think how well I can apply this to my life. For instance in college, I would sacrifice my health and in many ways, family. And when we all get around to the age where we have our own families, we will sacrifice even more. It’s hard to have it all, isn’t it?

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