Don’t listen to condescending voices of marginalization and mediocrity. Voices that say you don’t have to work as hard as you do, because less is “just fine.” Those voices don’t recognize that the unnecessary extra time you take and the unneeded effort you expend lead to a result they describe as “fine.” It doesn’t occur to them that less effort and less time would knock “fine” down to…less than fine.
Consider that when the voices continue to tell you that you don’t have to work so hard to be good at what you do, they let you know time and time again how little they know you or how little respect they have for your determination to give your best.
Don’t listen to voices that tell you that you shouldn’t work as hard as you do because it makes other people look bad. When you’re gone, it will be evident that you weren’t the reason someone else wasn’t succeeding. When others continue to contribute the minimum and complain because they think they are entitled to more opportunities even though they continue to prove they can’t be depended upon, it will be evident that you weren’t hogging their opportunities and stealing their affirmation.
Don’t listen to voices that ask you to step back. To say less. do less. give less. and be less.