Thursday, November 3, 2011
Contrary to popular belief, "winning" isn't everything. In fact, one may be better off not winning. No one expects you to succeed, you fly under the radar and increased pressure is no where to be found.
The reason I started this post with the title 'Seventh Place' is because of American Idol. I do not watch the show, but I am always amazed by the artists who do not win, but end up more successful than the one crowned victorious.
Jennifer Hudson finished seventh place on American Idol. Let me say that again - seventh place. One could argue that Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood supersede her in terms of Idol popularity, but what she has done in the last several years warrant a title of its own (both an Academy and Oscar award winner).
So that is why I attach myself to humbleness, even when congratulated or put a pedestal. We should all strive to finish first, but the only thing I could guarantee is maximum effort, whether or not I get there.
As the fall semester winds down, I will continue to push myself harder in and outside of journalism.
First place is nice, but seventh place is not too bad either.