Give High Fives to the People Who Cannot Give Them Back
There's nothing dumber than a person who isn't willing to ask a question. You know the people. They get competitive. They think they have all of the answers. They think they are the best. They are generally taking themselves too seriously. They believe alone is the way you lead. I am a true believer that there is enough success to go around. The problem is that people get too "me, me, me." They say things that they believe are the most profound statements. They think no one aside from them could have anything as profound to say.
My mom taught me the best lesson at a very young age. My parents told me I was smart. They told me I was beautiful. But, they never hid the fact that no matter how smart or how beautiful a person is, there is always someone out there that is smarter...and more beautiful. And, that is a fact of life.
As a teacher, this allowed me to learn and grow when challenged. It gave students self-esteem when they asked questions to which I did not have the answer. We could actively work together to get answers. As a team...not alone. As a model, I was never under the impression that I had to be the prettiest. You know what gets you farther in life than being the best? Encouraging others to be the best they can be.
So, here's the goal, folks. You have to build others up even when they don't build you up. Be the nicest you. The people that need to be the "best" anything...artist, sober person, teacher, mentor, model, leader, etc...won't ever be the best. No one will. Someday people will recognize that the goal is not to win. We all end up in the same place in the end no matter how much money you have, no matter how many fans you have. We all need to learn to live together and not beat each other down to get to the top.
Spread love. Give high fives to the people who cannot give them back.