I met up with a friend who goes way back with me (all the way to “high school”). I had a really good time catching up! But we were talking about what was new in our lives, and it really made me think about ambition and excellence.
Sometimes we think ambition and excellence aren’t what really matters in the end. Well I think that’s true (technically), I think that ambition and excellence are often times necessary on the path to what is truly meaningful. What is “truly meaningful”? I think that’s a whole other story for a whole other blog post. But I did want to say this:
I think being the best – or performing near your best – in what you’re doing is important (aka “excelling”). Choosing the area you want to be excelling in is obviously important, too (aka “what kind of difference do you want to make?”)
But why does it even matter? (Why does ANYTHING even matter?) I think it’s worth pondering.
P.S. I think that if you are a Christian, you need to seriously evaluate (or re-evaluate) whether you’re content with mediocrity, or if you’re driven to demonstrate excellence. And, of course… why?
P.P.S. This reminds me of how my sister wrote a song about mediocrity, which she happened to perform once at her medical school graduation ceremony as part of her valedictory speech. Talk about excelling.