Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I would rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.
― Ernest Hemingway,
Better is perspective
I think an important aspect of knowing what “better” means comes down to a matter of perspective. When I was younger (compared to when I was older? – never mind), I thought it was the more expensive or bigger or faster object, regardless of what I really needed.
I purchased a Mustang and thought it was better because it was new, it was fast, it was better than my previous car until winter came. Then I learned that better was situational and a Mustang would be worthless (and dangerous) in the snow.
As I grow older, my perspective on this changes. Today, I think “better” is what’s most cost-effective for the quality. It doesn’t have to be the best of the best but it as to be right for the purpose intended.
I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.
― Maya Angelou
Better is individual
“Better” is an individual preference for our needs. We don’t all have the same requirements for lives or for our goals. Yet, developing our own vision and goals will tell us what is “better”.
A personal example would be my choice to get into Pharmacy School. My heart really wasn’t into Pharmacy but it could have provided the credentials that could get me into better employment opportunities.
After the first semester, I knew it wasn’t right for me. I wasn’t doing well in 1 class and my motivation was only not to fail. For me, Pharmacy School wasn’t “better”.
This is a point I’ve repeated in this post and others, we’ll know what’s better when we know where we want to go in life. It doesn’t have to be some big and elaborate plan to be the next big thing. The little things add up.
Having a personal vision, something specific to you is what matters. After that, things will slowly fall into place. This is what’s going to take you where you want to go because we can make goals around this vision.
If we want to look for “better”, we need to look inward first.