When your best isn’t good enough

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. That’s life. When your best just isn’t good enough, you can either learn from your experience or make excuses. You will never grow if you choose the latter.

I have become fairly accustomed to winning. When I enter academic competitions, I usually fare quite well. But last night, I entered an oratorical speech contest and completely underestimated my competition. I didn’t win; actually, in my opinion, I was one of the worst presenters.

Despite all that, I don’t believe I would change very much about my presentation! I had written a compelling speech on the topic; rehearsed my diction, clarity, and emphasis; and even choreographed my presentation a bit, with specific movements and hand gestures to accompany various points. I did my best, and I’m proud of my work.

But my best simply wasn’t good enough.

I approached this competition like a game that I could win with a formula, and as a result my speech lacked passion. It was my first time entering this kind of contest, and I was overly confident for a newbie. I was so impressed by all of the other speakers that I was proud to lose to my competition. I learned a lot from the experience.

That’s life. You can’t win them all! I walked away with no regrets, because I learned from the experience and have made some new well-spoken and passionate friends. I know that I’m still good at a lot of other things, and I believe that I can become a better orator if I practice more and take some tips from my new friends.

When your best isn’t good enough, it is difficult to accept, especially if you have failed in an area of great pride and importance to you. Don’t be discouraged, and don’t be a sore loser.

There will always be someone out there better than you at something. Think of it as your lucky day when you meet those people, because you can make them your friends in life and partners in business one day.

Don’t be afraid to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. In fact, you should be scared if you are the smartest person in the room!

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Kelli Lampkin

Kelli Lampkin is a writer, traveler, comedienne, and entrepreneur.

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