All clichés are based on some widely accepted truth. We listen and accept them without thinking too much because they do not seem to need much analysis. But today, I challenge you to deconstruct, to interpret this that always accompanied growing up: There is always room for the best ones. Is that actually true?
Thinking this way is, in my opinion, rather empowering. It places us as the main character of our own story. As the recipe holders for our own success. This can also cause some fear because it invariably places equal responsibility on us for failure and it is sometimes simpler to blame external circumstances or factors.
Guilt aside, I believe the aphorism to be right, there is, indeed, always room for the best ones, there is always room for the ones who take the reins and, with effort and commitment make their place wherever they go. I believe that, when we put our strength, our intention, in the direction that makes us feel fulfilled and happy it can only result in success. And why so? Because we always have time for what we love, we always have strength for what makes us happy, we always want to do more and better of what makes us feel accomplished, and even when that ‘room’ seems small / restricted/limited or even non-existent we create ways and, if necessary, we even create our own ‘room’.
The ‘room’ that is always there for the best ones is not a singular place reachable through toxic competition, but rather, the place that we invariably reach when we do what truly makes us feel accomplished.
“The best” were not born this way and are not always the best in the first or certain stages of life. The very concept of what it means to be ‘the best’ is elastic, debatable, limiting, and subjective. Still, if we understand being the ‘best’ as ‘the best of ourselves’, always looking for our permanent development, evolution, and learning, we will certainly move towards our ‘room’.
There is exactly where I believe the big question lies. Being “the best” is not about being against another person/professional, it is rather acting in according to our talent and putting our absolute best into what makes us happy. That is what impels us to pursue more, to go deeper, to be constantly seeking for knowledge, development, and enrichment in a specific area/issue. It is this desire for constant learning and evolution that, I believe, makes us better people and better professionals in whatever area, industry, or profession.
In this sense, the ‘room’ that is always there for the best ones is not a singular place reachable through toxic competition, but rather, the place that we invariably reach when we do what truly makes us feel accomplished. When this is the case, curiosity never ends, we are always opened to discover more, knowledge only grows, as well as our ability to face any challenge.
The rest… happens by default.
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Inês is Affinity's Chief Marketing Officer. She manages the company's communication and marketing strategy and only stops thinking about communications when she is travelling, practising yoga or reading. And even those moments… are great sources of inspiration!