Some people are born great. (as for Clark Kent)
Some people have greatness thrust upon them. (in case you are Bruce Wayne!)
Some people achieve greatness. (the ones who don’t turn superheroes!)
And, if you aren’t great at it, you’re just average.
But, I’ve always been “just good”. Neither great. Nor average.
Throughout my school life, I was “just good” in my curriculum. Good enough to make the cut. As a result, I did not make it to the medical school. My rank in the engineering entrance exams read similar to a landline phone number.
I did my Bachelors in Multimedia and Animation. And though it wasn’t the worst of places to be, all of us knew that only the very best of the class will make it big. The rest will only hope for miracles and gradually perish to mediocrity. Despite the truth being crystal clear, all I could manage was be “just good”.
Even when it came to the inner calling, I was “just good”. Always. Be it photography, be it painting, or even writing.
Surprisingly enough, being “just good” has worked for me. And, maybe for reasons good enough!
The underdog factor:
Being “just good” at things, nobody around expected anything phenomenal out of me. And, that’s why I enjoyed the feeling of being an underdog. While peers fought to make it to the top, parents had given in to the state of affairs. And, all of this left me with ample time to answer the burning question: What did I want out of my life?
Had I fared exceptionally well in curriculum or otherwise, I wouldn’t have been spared the luxury of time.
The law of alternatives:
I probably knew it at the back of my mind; I wasn’t making it to the engineering or medical school. As a result of which, I had alternative options chalked out. I used my “apparent handicap” to pursue something I was naturally inclined to. Though I didn’t make it to the Government College of Art, I managed to get enrolled with one of the better institutions in Multimedia and Animation.
If I had been through to medical school, I probably would have barely discovered the real me!
Aware of the fact that I was “just good”, I tried options too many. When I realised I was “just good” at painting, I tried photography, and so on! As a result of which, at one point of time, I emerged “just good” at a number of things (read competencies). This could ideally be considered “lack of focus”, but worked in perfect blend for me! The combination of “just good” unusual skills worked wonders without me even realising it!
Had I been great at something, I wouldn’t have probably treaded options otherwise.
The weak link:
The best thing with being “just good” was, I always had to be well aware of my limitations, more than my strengths. Not that it came as a natural instinct but had to be picked up as a formidable survival strategy. For e.g. I was good at sketching caricatures but wasn’t half as good when it came to conventional painting. I knew if I had to utilise my painting skills, it had to be anything but conventional.
If I had been a great photographer, I would have probably overlooked my weak link. (every great has at least one weak link!)
Now, that being “just good” worked out for me, it does not necessarily mean, things will turn out the same way for everyone out there. Aim for greatness. Aim for perfection. There can be nothing better than that.
But, make sure, you aren’t one-dimensional!