i didn’t grow up in a household telling me i had to be the best. i knew that there were some things that i had natural talent in and some things that other folks had natural talent in. i was told to work hard, to be the first to arrive and the last to leave, to always ask what needs to be done, that if you aren’t going to do something well then you might as well not do it. that applied to everything from cleaning the bathroom to homework problems to track practice. (and not doing it was obviously not a real choice, it just meant i had to start from scratch with the intention to do the thing well). i honestly hadn’t realized how much this idea of “you will not outwork me” has been an ongoing and underlying theme in my life until seeing it written here. smarter, faster, more connected, whatever the thing may be, i have always believed that success for me would be most closely tied to my ability to put in the work. my primary competition has always been myself. (well, and sometimes @ritzbee
) yes, i am competitive, i am still an athlete. but, these days, moreso with the negative talk in my own head telling me what i can and can’t do. so i put in the work - in the service of what i’m trying to accomplish, not because i’m trying to be the best, but because i want to give my best self to the world.
📍 Chinook Native Land