Do you ever try just hard enough to pass? Do you ever stop at “just good enough”? If you’re anything like me (you’re probably not; you’re probably actually very well-adjusted), you have.
But there’s good news. You can be good enough and still succeed in life. We can’t all be great. We can’t all be famous. But neither can we all be losers and drunks(famous in their own way [I believe its called infamy] like Edgar Allen Poe). Rich and poor are two sides of the same coin; but what if that coin isn’t for you?
They say the middle class is shrinking. Why? Because people are either caring too much or not enough. No one is caring just enough. This is a tragedy. Our country was founded by the dreams of the middle class (actually lower class farmers) and built on the shoulders of middle class minds (actually upper class politicians). Without the middle class, America just becomes that place between Canada and Mexico… Do we really want that?
Some might claim the desire to do just enough is laziness. Others claim it’s a fear of failure that is keeping us from achieving our goals. But, achieving our goals can be just as frightening. I mean, what happens once your goals are achieved? You don’t have goals anymore. Once you finish the novel you’ve been writing for fourteen years, suddenly, you’re left drifting in the wind, aimless (like Captain America without terrorists to fight). But, if you drag things out, stretch out for your goal, but narrowly keep from achieving it, there’s no telling just how far you can maintain.
So, next time you have the opportunity to do more, to try harder, or to go above and beyond, reconsider. Think long and hard. Are you really ready to leave the middle ground? It’s safe in the middle. There is no lofty height to fall from, no deep pit to climb out of, you are where you are.