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When Consistency and Perseverance Wins the Day!

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denmarkguy
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11 days ago4 min read

To be honest, I have never been "brilliant" at anything.

If I poke around in that some more, I have to further admit that I am rarely among the most talented; the most insightful; the most inspired; the most intelligent; the most innovative; the most visionary and a whole host of other "mosts."

The only "most" I will actually take ownership of — at least in a limited sort of way — is "making the most" of whatever I happen to have available.

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What's This Confession REALLY About?

In the classic fable of "The Tortoise and the Hare," it is suggested that slow but steady wins the race is a real thing, perhaps even something to aspire to.

I can't say that I actually "aspire" to it; it simply happens as a result of my being upright and breathing on my own. I know myself well enough to realize that I am never going to be in the "Winner's Circle" of anything that's a "Winner Takes All" sort of race.

In our modern ultra-competitive world where society often prizes "success" and "leadership" about most other attributes, that can be is a pretty challenging path to walk. Because we tend to focus on "Being Number ONE!" those who are simply "IN the race" tend to get bypassed and overlooked.

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Standing Down — By Choice

I have often been accused of "giving up" and "being a slacker" because I have chosen to stand down in situations where I projected out (in my head) that I would never be competitive enough to reach some pre-determined objective... so why bother?

This was the case many many years ago when I worked in the IT industry and was encouraged to become part of the management team... yet I realized that I would not would not be able to "compete" at the required level so I respectfully declined.

In a matter of months, I was encouraged to take my "lack of ambition" somewhere else.

In a much earlier time in my life, I was actually pretty good at the game of golf. When I say "pretty good," I mean competing in pro tournaments in Europe (as an amateur) and comporting myself respectably.

But even though I probably could have, I decided not to pursue it because I lacked both the raw talent and the killer instinct to become a tournament winner.

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Winners and Losers

Sometimes I find myself reflecting on the fact that we have created this chasm in our world; our societies; in which we make such clear distinctions between "winners" and "losers."

We idealize and idolize this thing called "winning." As the old saying goes: "Nobody remembers who finished second!"

And yet?

The person who finished second is actually damned good at what they do!

On a more personal level... and perhaps what caused these words to flow into a blog post... I will add to my list of "admissions" that I have always tended to just want to do well at whatever I undertake, and give little thought to the idea of actually winning or being Number One.

Whether that makes me some kind of loser or slacker, or not... I can't say. In many cases, society seems to think I am "failing."

So perhaps the takeaway from these ramblings could simply be that we need to decide for ourselves what our level of "success" or "winning" looks like!

Thanks for reading!

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What do YOU think? Is "winning" and "success" overvalued in our world? Are all the "also rans" de-valued? Comments, feedback and other interaction is invited and welcomed! Because — after all — SOCIAL content is about interacting, right? Leave a comment-- share your experiences-- be part of the conversation!

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