Don’t Be the Best
There are a million blog posts telling you
how to be better or that simply tell you how
to “be the best” at whatever you do.
This post is going to tell you to stop trying
to be the best and do these 3 things instead.
1. Be Reliable
If you say you’re going to do something,
then do it!
Do it when you say you’re going to do it.
Do it unless there is a real emergency.
And a real emergency means someone
is seriously ill or is dying, not that you
had to finish watching the most recent
episode of Walking Dead.
Being reliable has become a very rare
quality and you will stand out head and
shoulders above your competition if you are.
2. Be Kind
If you cannot be successful at what you
are doing and be kind at the same time,
I don’t know what line of work you are in,
but I’m sorry for you.
Not to mention whoever has to work
with, for, or around you.
Professional torturers might need to be
unkind. Unless you are a professional
torturer, you can be kind as you go about
doing your line of work.
Kindness will take you far.
Kindness and reliability will take you
anywhere you want to go.
3. Be Yourself
Anyone that you can point to and say
“He or she is the Best!” at what they do
did not get there by being anything except
the best version of themselves that they could be.
They were not imitating someone else.
They were allowing themselves to learn from
others, while nurturing the unique qualities
that only they had.
Throw away the blueprints and trust that
you will become the best version of yourself
that you can become, if you commit to learning,
growing, stretching, taking risks, and making
Don’t imitate. You are good enough.
You might even be the best.