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3 Positive and Negative Results From the Desire to Be the Best



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Many people are addicted to success. They want to be the first and the best. They want their names on the newspapers, acclaimed as pioneers and explorers. But, like everything else, there is a positive and a negative aspect to this behavior.

Here are 3 positive aspects of trying to become the best:

1. You will seek self-improvement

If you cultivate the desire to become the best, you will seek constant self-improvement. You will analyze your behavior and try to fix anything that might become a disadvantage along the way. You will happily go to therapy, do meditation, go to the gym, and eat healthily. You want to be admired in every aspect of your life, and nothing will be too hard to be done.

“Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.” –Anthony J. D’Angelo

2. You will learn new things

In order to come up with new and original ideas, you will spend a great amount of your time learning new things. You will try to find out everything that has been done in your area of expertise and to figure out what hasn’t been done yet, or what can be done better.

And if you realize that there are skills that you don’t have to achieve your goal, you will learn them as fast as you can. You will find the time and the money, and you will dedicate yourself to your best.


3. You will accomplish your goals

And because it is so important to you, you will achieve your goals. You will get things done, no matter what. You will never procrastinate, and you will find the resources that you need to make things happen. No excuses or limitation will stay between you and your achievements.

Here are 3 negative aspects of trying to become the best:

1. Failure and losses will hit you harder

On the other hand, people who always need to be the best can’t deal well with failure and losses. They get obsessed with winning, even if it is just a board game. A step back is a tragedy to them.

Even though they might understand that failure is a natural part of any journey, they will still feel like they are being left behind and that the outcome was unfair – considering how hard they tried. It might make far more difficult for them to recharge and start over.


2. You will expect perfection from everybody

Because it’s such a natural behavior for you, you will think that everybody should get the same thrill from being the best that you experience. That is to say that your standards will be high. So high that many people might think that they can never live up to your expectations.

As a consequence, some people addicted to success might become very lonely or find it difficult to keep a long-term relationship. Even with family and friends, things might not happen so easy as they could be.

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” – Donald Miller

3. You won’t accomplish your goals

As often as being self-driven can help you to achieve your goals, it might work the other way around. Instead of giving you the energy to make things happen, it might drain you to the point of overthinking and paralyzing your movements.

People who are afraid of failure, as mentioned above, don’t usually take action, just because they don’t want to take the risk. They can’t see that doing anything at all is not a recipe for a safe passage, but to boredom and disappointment in the future.

The desire of becoming the best can be your best friend or worst enemy. It will depend on how you let it control your decisions and the way you see the world. If you use it to achieve your goals, you are bound to accomplish them. But if you take it to the extreme level, it will just make you lonely and depressed. So balance it wisely.

How has trying to be the best affected your life? Please leave your thoughts below!

Malia Keirsey is a young photographer and web designer on the Flash Essay from Chicago. She shares her experience with people by articles about human behavior and decisions that affect the world around us. You can follow her on Twitter.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator



Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.


2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.


3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.


4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.


5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.


6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.


7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.


8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.


9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.


10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.


11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.


12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.


13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.


14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.


15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.


16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.


17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.


18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.


19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.


20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.


By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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