“It’s just a poster, it doesn’t really matter.”
Essentially, those words came out of the mouth of one of my friend’s friends when I asked him why his school campaign poster looked like crap.
He told me that it “wasn’t something official” and that “it didn’t really matter.” Excuses, excuses. I’ll have a future post on why excuses make for bad entrepreneurs.
Anyway, I was dumbfounded by this guy’s response for two reasons:
- The poster looked like garbage, seriously. Being the person I was, I would’ve voted for his competitor solely on the basis that his poster sucked.
- He was participating in a school election, yet didn’t think his poster – which happened to be a representation of himself to his potential electorate – really carried any weight.
Now, you’d know I’d never take the time to write about this experience without having a lesson, or some takeaway for you, my awesome reader.
Here’s my takeaway: you should aim to do your best, even in the smallest of things.
I remember that all throughout prep school and high school, my classmates told me that I overdid it when it came to writing responses for exams and tests, especially in classes like Literature and English. I was always the girl who asked for extra paper and wrote till the final second. In the mind of my classmates, I was overdoing it. Yet, in my mind, I was honing my craft.
Writing is my passion, so why not do it the best of my ability when I was given the chance?
What I’m getting at, is that though it might seem like you’re “overdoing it,” always pushing yourself to give 100% will eventually become a habit, and you’ll train yourself to consistently give your all. That’s the formula for success right there.
Again, that was true in my case. On my school leaving exam for English, I did what I always did, which was write all that I could. It didn’t feel like anything out of the ordinary to me. Yet, when I received my results, I placed 8th in my entire country. That’s pretty impressive, considering tens of thousands of individuals took that exam.
So, no matter how small a task you’re given, it’s important that you give it your best. Don’t watch your competition, or succumb to the voices of the other people who are comfortable swimming around in the sea of mediocrity. Watch them swim from the comfort of your yacht built through persistence and dedication to being phenomenal – even in small things.
Don’t be like the guy who made his poster in Paint because it was “just” a school election. be like his competitor who hired a graphic designer, had professional photos taken and even created a slogan. Something tells me that his competitor will win. Here’s another fun fact: if you don’t pay much attention to the small things, when it’s time to handle the big things, you’ll probably suck at it too.
Like Les Brown always says, it’s patience and consistent action that will improve your life. Don’t be fooled by all that’s going on around you and what everyone else is saying. The little things do matter.