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Want to Live an Extraordinary Life? Say This 1 Phrase to Yourself Regularly

It’s hard to change the world if you aren’t growing.

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BY Quora - 10 Mar 2018

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What do you think is the most important and empowering sentence a person should say to themselves regularly in order to have an extraordinary life? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Auren Hoffman, SafeGraph CEO, on Quora:

"Be great at something."

If you want to have a truly extraordinary life, you need to significantly change the world for the better. If you want to change the world, you need to be great (and ideally the best) at something important.

Of course, being great at something is really hard to do. And, of course, it is really hard to significantly change the world for the better.

If you want to have an extraordinary life, you need to be extraordinary.

If you truly want to change the world, you need to focus on your strengths. The world needs people who are really strong at one important thing (rather than generalists that are good at lots of things).

To lead an extraordinary life, you need to focus on your strengths. And you need to continually be improving. You need to be better than other people. And, long-term, you also need to be better than computers.

Growth is really important. It is hard to change the world if you are not growing, on an absolutely rate, more every year.

Of course, not everyone needs to change the world.

You can still have a great life and not significantly change the world. You can still be a net-positive on the world. You can still do great things. You can raise good kids. You can be a good citizen. You can have compassion. You can lead a life of ethical values.

But if you want to be extraordinary, you need to significantly change the world for the better. And if you want to do that, you need to be great at something.

This question originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. More questions:

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