You’re So Vain You Probably Think This Post Is About You
Many years ago when I was much younger and could stay up late, I had a night time ritual. Every night before I went to bed, I would watch at least an hour of stand-up comedy on television.
I studied comedians, got to know some of them by face and many of them by name. One night there was this new comedian performing, I don’t remember his name,1 but I remember a portion of his act.
He joked about how everyone was always in a panic to be first. First in line to get the latest gadget. First in line at the bank. First in line at the grocery store. He said: You know what? I don’t wanna be first, I wanna be next!2
Even though it was meant as a joke, I’ve never forgotten it and consider it one of my life lessons. It made me wonder why we make everything, simple things, a competition to be first? I don’t know, maybe we are inherently competitive and can’t help ourselves?
There’s a guy named Greg Packer who makes a “hobby out of attending public appearances and is known for being first in line for such occasions. He is even credited with being first in line to purchase an iPhone in 2007, 110 hours before it went on sale.” Why?
I guess we love being first. We get the attention, the bragging rights and let’s face it, sometimes it feels good being on top, but sometimes it’s an exhausting race to nowhere.
“Does being first really have the upper hand over being second or even fifth? Not necessarily. Sometimes getting the formula right matters more than doing it first.” 3
I’m learning to be content with next.
In: Just Thinking, Life · Tagged with: Being First, Competition, Self Importance