A continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, although the extremes are quite distinct.
If you had to put any moment of your life on a continuum, where would you place it?
The fat middle – Where your decision, action, opinion, perspective isn’t perceptively different from those around you? Where it’s safe and the return is relatively predictable?
The extreme edges – Where you will stand out from the pack? Where there’s a chance you’re going to fail? Where you’ll most likely experience something new and different?
I try to stay on the edges as much as possible. At the very least, always be aware of where you stand in any given situation…
One of my favorite examples of someone living on the extreme edge is a boxing coach in NYC by the name of Eric Kelly. In this VERY explicit YouTube video, you see a man who is offensive, vulgar and rude to his own clients. He also has a waiting list of people hoping to work with him….he gets results and charges clients handsomely for it.
(seriously…a lot of F-Bombs behind the play button…I warned you Mom!):
There are hundreds of boxing coaches in NYC, most of them in the fat middle…hell, there are probably a few that are better than Eric Kelly. They all have 3 choices:
1) Don’t change a thing, stay comfortable with their place on the continuum and the results they’re getting (ASSUMING THE CONTINUUM ISN’T MOVING!!!)
2) Move to an edge, it’s difficult to be known as the 2nd most offensive boxing coach in NYC…what about the nicest?
3) Create a new continuum, when all else fails change the selection criteria…the only boxing coach in NYC who will bring the gloves to your workplace so you can duke it out in the office.
“Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience”
-Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling – #13