I’ve always been a B+ kind of person. In school I was a good student, but not outstanding. My typical grade was B+. I became a good tennis player, but never made that last leap to become a top player. In my work career I did a good job and moved up to be a solid manager, but never an outstanding leader. My writing is improving, I have eleven published books, but I haven’t broken into the top tier..
When I undertake new responsibilities, I want to do a good job. There is part of me that strives for excellence so I continue to put in the effort to succeed at whatever I undertake.
Like in Lake Wobegone where all the children are above average, I tend to be above average in whatever I do. I’m a pretty good father, husband and grandfather. I made a good income.
There’s part of me that wants to be the best. When I played competitive tennis, I wanted to be a champion. In my working career, I wanted to excel. I want to do well as a writer.
Then there’s another part of me that says, “No, I don’t want to make the sacrifice to really go for it.” I never wanted to sacrifice my family for my career. When I played tennis, I wanted a life beyond competing.
Were these just excuses? Not everyone has the talent and perseverance to be a champion. I took my tennis to the next to top level, but didn’t have the disposition and attitude to reach the next rung.
I always felt I had potential. I still feel I have potential, it’s just that now I’m seventy-one-years old. I’ve come to terms more with my strengths and weaknesses.
So I’ll continue as a B+ kind of person, doing pretty well at what I undertake. I’ll keep learning and improving. Who knows? Maybe I’ll become an A- kind of geezer.