Remember when you were in 8th or 9th grade? King of middle school? Big man on campus? Remember what happened just a short year later?
Back to the bottom of the totem pole.
You were no longer bigger than all the other kids. You weren’t the most talented or the smartest. You didn’t know anything about the new world you were in. All the Juniors and Seniors got the girls. But slowly, you grew up and got faster and bigger and smarter. Soon enough, you were a Senior. King of high school. Big man on campus.
But then it happened again. Back to the bottom of the totem pole.
Whether you went to college or started working straight away. You were no long bigger than all the other guys. You weren’t the most talented or the smartest. You didn’t know anything. All the Juniors and Seniors, or managers and bosses, got the girls. But slowly, you grew up. You learned the ropes; you got smarter and bigger and faster. Soon enough, you were a Senior, or a great, seasoned employee, or whatever.
And then it happened again. You graduate and enter the workforce, or go on to get an advanced degree, or you get promoted. All the sudden, you’re in a new world yet again. And again you’re small, and slow, and dumb, and feel awkward.
If you’re smart, this will happen to you over and over and over again throughout your life. If you’re good, there will never be a point where you can say, well, I’m done learning, I’m done hustling, I’m done scrapping. You’ll constantly be adding new skills, mastering new things, and taking on new challenges. And anytime you take on new challenges, you’ll be starting at the bottom.
So, get rid of the fantasy of becoming big man on campus and then coasting the rest of the way. Ironically, if and when you make it there, the only way to stay is to keep going back and starting at the bottom.