“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.” – St. Jerome
Some may say that the opposite of success is failure. I would contest that; the opposite of success is mediocrity.
In failure, we can learn from mistakes, make changes, and improve ourselves for the next attempt. In mediocrity, we have stopped trying or improving. We are content with our current situation.
Mediocrity should be your biggest fear as an entrepreneur. This means that “good” and “better” are the enemies. The problem is that we are mentally programmed to be satisfied with doing good. If we’re not the last one picked for the kickball team then at least we’re not the worst. Right? We become comfortable with just blending into the pack and giving a half-hearted effort. This is a poisonous mindset that will crush your potential.
Are you going to be the best at everything you do? No. You do not control of every outcome. What do you have control over? YOUR effort. St. Jerome is talking about YOUR good, better, and best.
Do not get caught up in the comparison game, it serves no purpose. It can be discouraging and make you bitter. Focus on what you can control, YOUR actions. When you start to do this, you will inevitably begin to become the best version of yourself. Strive for that inner peace that comes with knowing that you are giving 100%!
I will leave you with this thought from Matty Mullins, “The only person you should try to be better than, is the person you were yesterday.”