Dark Horse

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I think it’s better to be underestimated than to be overestimated. When I’m a screw-up—people don’t expect me to keep it up and that’s when I learn from my mistakes. But when people compliment me at my work—they expect me to keep it up. And sometimes I just can’t keep it up because of all the expectations that drives me to transform into a perfectionist. And I don’t want that. I want to strive for excellence rather than perfection because there’s no such thing as perfection. I want people to think that I can’t succeed so that I can.

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6 thoughts on “Dark Horse

  1. Brave thoughts, but don’t think less of yourself and set the bar too low or you will loose the strength to get over it, keep it real, that’s the key I always think. Great work from a great person, that’s all that matters at the end of the day, forget expectations and just do what you do. Dx

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  2. I totally agree with David! Overestimation vs underestimation is a false dichotomy (like many opposites that our society is full of). The problem is that in both scenarios nobody really sees you. And it’s always better to be truly seen. Making mistakes doesn’t make you intrinsically a mistake, just like doing an amazing job doesn’t guarantee that you will ace every similar assignment. You want to be free to face every new challenge with what you know to be true about yourself – without the weight of anybody’s expectations (good or ill) skewing your opportunity to be the best version of yourself that you have to offer – this time.

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