There is no lack of interesting “what if it were easier” questions.
- What if getting our startups financed was easier?
- What if good health/relationships were easier to maintain?
- What if our teams easily understood our thought process and the value we were adding?
- What if our favourite team just won the championship? 🙂
While occasionally interesting as thought experiments, the myth here is an implicit assumption that easier is better.
If you have been so fortunate as to get things after having worked hard or after many failed attempts, you know that that is not the case.
So, when we face our challenges, it might just be worth replacing the “what if it were easier question” with: “what would it take for me to be better?”
How about you focus on being tougher than the situation? Nassim Taleb calls it being antifragile. He says:
“Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.”
The question should be: “what if you were better?”
Easier is not better. Better is better.