Be Better Than You Were Yesterday

Mariah Carey. Muhammad Ali. Michael Jordan. They all have something in common. They are the best at what they do and arguably so.

One of the hardest lessons there is to learn in life as a kid growing up (and even as an adult) is there will always be somebody better than you at something. Always. The chances that you are THE best at something are like 1 out of a trillion and I challenge you to prove me wrong.

If by that slim chance you are the best at something, kudos to you. Yeah I’m talking to you Michael Jordan. Mariah Carey. Muhammed Ali. These people are THE best at what they do and arguably so. I get it, there HAS to be someone who is the best at something, someone at the top. Never in my life did I think I was going to be a better runner than Jackie Joyner-Kersee. I was a good runner, but I soon realized I didn’t even run the events that Jackie Joyner ran but I digress.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01:  Mariah Carey performs during Escape To Total Rewards at Gotham Hall on March 1, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 01: Mariah Carey performs during Escape To Total Rewards at Gotham Hall on March 1, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)

Whether it be sports, academics, jumping rope, interior decorating or art, there will always be somebody a step above you. So what do you tell a kid who dreams of one day being an NBA player? Or playing professional football? Or becoming a supermodel?

I say, dream on kiddo! Dream big, but not THAT big.

Now before you get your panties up in a bunch, let’s just make one thing clear. Am I going to tell my daughter not to “dream big”? I’m definitely NOT going to tell my 5-year old that she can’t be what she wants to be when we grows up. We all have dreams and aspirations and while many are attainable, we also need to be real.

That’s why the best advice I have for someone aiming to be the best is strive to be better than the person you were yesterday, not better than the next person. Reasonable and real, right?

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18 comments

  1. It is definitely true that we should only try to be better than our past selves. I encouraged my kids to dream big but also to be realistic!

  2. I like to tell my kids “practice makes progress” and just because they practice something a lot, doesn’t mean they will be perfect at it.. This pertains to their dreams too.. They can dream big, but they have to realize that a whole lot more than just talent goes into “making it big”

  3. Your right trying hard will get you places and it does not matter how talented you are, if you don’t have a hard work ethic then you won’t see the rewards manifest themselves.

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