The 54th Deadline: Standout

The 54th Deadline: Regardless of failure or success, you learn. Life grants people so many chances to get it right.

“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino

Throughout my life, I have never been a standout. By nature, I would always get bashful. The limelight is too bright for me. I hated having the attention on me as a kid. Class presentations were the worst thing in the world for me.

Give me a test. Make me write a book report. Don’t get me to talk in front of the class.

The mere thought made me red in the face, too nervous to talk coherently. But that was me back then.

Fast-forward to the modern me. What has changed? Well, I am better in speaking situations. By a lot, actually. Not perfect, but passable. Almost acceptable on a good day.

Of course, there was always a part of me that wanted the world to change its rules. But that’s unrealistic.

The world does not cut much slack for someone like me. You either learn how to be outgoing or pay the consequences.

Soaking in the Attention

These days, I have had to change my approach and mindset. After all, I WANT the attention. Albeit, for different purposes. For me to get the ball rolling, I need to let the universe see me at my best. In all of my glory (once I get to that point). Until then, it is a struggle. And a tough one at that.

There is just so much I want, but I know there is a lot of work to do. Still, I cannot let myself falter at this stage.

I just have to keep trying and trying.

I will be a standout, and I will learn to like it.

“Hope is my catalyst.” – Nhan Pham

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