Many years ago, when I was in high school, I had an English teacher who would only give out a “C” if you did all your required work and got an “A” on it, or she would give a “checkmark”. The checkmark indicated that you completed the assignment but your grade for the marking period was still only a “C”. Puzzled by this since most of my papers were “B”‘s and a few “A”‘s here and there, (I never got a “c” paper) so I didn’t understand what it would take to get an “A”. Finally I mustered up the courage and went to her after class one day. I told her that I didn’t understand how I could get B’s and A’s and check marks and still only get a “c” for my grade at the end of the marking period.
Her reply was this….”doing what is expected to get the grade and pass the course is necessary. It tells me that at least you understand the basics. I am not here to see that you just learn the basics or just pass the course, I am here to see that you “learn” the course, that your thinking elevates beyond just a surface understanding. So when you go beyond what is expected, you will get a better grade, (from a “c” to a “b”) but better yet, when you can teach the teacher you will get an “A”! ” You are better than average, but you are not yet ready to teach your teacher.”
I never forgot those words. I thought at the time that they were too hard to live up to, but none the less, I found myself as I have traveled through life to always do more than what is expected and never just settle for average. When I get to the place of being good at whatever the task, then I set my sights to go even further. I stopped settling for average a long time ago, perhaps you should to. Once you give all you have, dig a little deeper, and you will find that you still have more to give. Average is for Average folk, better than average is for better than average folk, but Execellence is for those who have gone above and beyond so much so that even the teacher is both amazed, enlightened and proud. Go for it!