Some people want to be left alone to do their own work and go home and call it a day. There’s nothing wrong with that—I support your right to curate your own experience. But by working in such fashion, there’s only so much you can do.

There are only so many hours in a day, you have only so much energy, there are only so many tasks you can give your attention to.

At some point, you as an individual hit a wall. You’ve largely gotten as good as you’re going to get. Any improvements will likely be incremental and lower in impact than previous improvements.

If you find yourself in this position, maybe it’s time to start looking beyond yourself. Maybe it’s time to see if you can help others within your team—however you define that term—improve in the areas that hold them back.

Maybe it’s time to mentor. To scale your impact and elevate those around you.

Maybe it’s time to lead.

Jake LaCaze sometimes likes to change things up with shorter essays.