We live in a time when being #1 is so important to people that they'll do almost anything to get there.
We live in a time when being number one is so important to people, that they’ll do almost anything to get there. I mean look at all the ridiculous new events they add to the Olympics year after year. It’s all to satisfy someone’s need to be on top.
Parents and mentors in a crazed frenzy push kids to extremes, all in the reckless pursuit of being number one at something, anything.
Probably because they never got to be number one themselves.
But I’ve got news for all you over-achievers. Being number one isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. All those people you stepped on on the way to the top will always be there, waiting. Waiting for a chance to pull you back down.
And trying for number one and ending up number two isn’t much better. I mean, who wants to be number two?
After the game your friends don’t come up and say, “Alright! Number two!” They say, “Hey man, good try.” Which really means, “If you just tried a little harder, you’d be number one.” And even if they don’t say it, you know they’re thinking it.
I prefer number three. In the number three spot, you’re safe. You’re in the top three so it’s respectable, you still get a medal, and no one’s going to come after you with a baseball bat or try and push you off the pedestal. Unless of course they’re gunning for number one and you happen to get in the way.
Number one makes you a target, number three makes you a contender.
So shoot for number three. Maybe every once in a while you’ll be number one by accident, but that’s okay because your self esteem wasn’t wrapped up in being the best, so you won’t be physiologically damaged when you slide back into that comfortable third place position.
But stay away from number four, it’s got nothing but baggage.
Issues. Big Issues.
They don’t even get a medal. Maybe they get a ribbon or something.
Transcribed by: Caitlin Y.
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