A couple of weeks ago I wrote about our culture’s obsession with being the best…being a winner at all costs.
My message was that you don’t need to be the best in order to be successful in your work as a freelancer.
This week I want to talk about the extraordinary pleasure that can be found in doing something really, really badly.
To explain what I mean by that, I need to take you back to 1965 when, as a shy and socially awkward 8-year old, I was sent off to an English boarding school.
And yes, private boarding schools in England back then were not so very far from the stereotypes that might be popping into your mind right now. In a word, it was quite tough.
Academic performance was a big part of our lives, and our abilities were tested on a frequent basis. You soon learned whether you were one of the brainy kids, or one of the “thick” kids.