This essay helped me discover a deeper connection between challenge and meaning than I previously appreciated. This seems obvious in hindsight, but it wasn’t before, and I think that’s the key to an interesting essay.
Distilled, the “meaningful” results from the combination of something challenging (PIPER in something that interests you) with something that matters (creating; doing something difficult that others find even more difficult than).
When these circumstances come together and form something meaningful, it’s like blending tin and copper. The result is bronze, an alloy so much harder than would be expected that it appears a different metal.
I’ve gotten a lot of questions on my learning process and this essay briefly shares some big picture strategies and concrete tactics that I’ve found helpful. This is by no means the “right” way, simply what has seemed to work for me so far.
I wrote an essay I wish I had been given when I graduated from college, retired from tennis, and began the transition from student-athlete to the “real world.”
Through this essay, I hope to provide some awareness and tools, namely around self-reflection and self-awareness, how to think about how to spend your time, what to look for in a job, and the importance of coaches and mentors.
While written through the lens of a student-athlete, hopefully some of these principles and tools apply to a broader audience.
What that, let’s jump into this rabbit hole…
In this essay, I argue for the importance of outlining the various life dimensions that are important to you and what success in each one looks like. This simple visualization could help with accountability and keeping track of how you’re handling these various life dimensions.