How to Be the Best

“There will always be someone better than you.”

How many times have you heard that?

And, to a certain degree, it’s true. There will always be someone better than you at coding, writing, completing surgeries, making films, and running marathons. But drill down for a moment.

Of course, it’s nearly impossible to be the best programmer, writer, surgeon, filmaker, and marathoner. There are a lot of programmers, writers, surgeons, filmakers, and marathoners. The chances that you will be the best are incredibly small.

But what if there were something that only you did?

I’m not talking about being the only programmer who can also write while making a film about completing surgeries on marathoners.

I’m talking about being the only one in your company who volunteers every weekend at the non-profit to which your company donates.

I’m talking about being the only one who takes the time to sit down with each new hire. New book club member. New church member. To truly get to know them and make them feel like they’re a member of the community.

I’m talking about more than just being the only one in the class to complete the reading.

I’m talking about doing the reading and shooting the professor an email that makes a meaningful connection between the reading and a current event.

We can all be the best at something. We just need to be willing to do what others are not.

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