This is one of my favorite pages in the chapter. I’m happy with the expressions, the body language, the dynamic between Pakku and Una as she tries to break to him that he may not be the only one in town who’s got some skills.
Pakku is used to being The Best. It turns out that thinking one is perfect at anything often means that’s the start of one’s decline. Any time I see an artist declare mastery, I always get concerned. I think the essence of “Staying Hungry” is simply to always be honing one’s craft. Never letting complacency sneak in. That’s not to say we can’t get good at something and have confidence in our skills. It’s just that assuming one has nothing left to learn seems like a sign that a person hasn’t learned enough yet to know how little they actually know. Every new level of understanding should open up new areas of study. There is endless complexity and endless simplicity to every skill. The journey is a life-time of work with no end point.
I used to think success was a finite destination, but the more I grow, the more I realize that it’s a constant process. We look up at someone successful and we don’t see all the tough choices they’re making. Everybody is learning. Everybody is growing. There’s no point to being hard on ourselves for not being as good as somebody else. Ultimately, we’ll never be that other person, and if we try we’ll just be an inferior copy. It’s a self-defeating exercise. What we can do is strive to become the best version of ourselves. Constantly improving, honing our craft, and developing our knowledge and understanding. Expanding who we are. None of us are static. We’re all in a process of becoming something new. So we may as well shape that self into a person we enjoy.
What have you been doing to expand who you are?