“If you want the best, you’ve got to be the best and work at it.”
-Bill Molesley, Downton Abbey
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I’ll admit that I am a sucker for British dramas. There are only two shows my wife and I actually watch and both are British dramas (Sherlock being the other).
Thankfully, there is some redeeming value to the show, such as this advice from Bill Molesley to his downtrodden son, Joseph, during Episode One of Season Four last week.
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Years ago, a good friend of mine worked for me as my assistant. But this kid (I call him that because he was five years younger than me and it makes me feel older to refer to someone else as “kid”) wanted to be much more than an assistant. He had ambition and drive to be more, but he looked down on his position.
As we sat in our one-on-one meeting shortly after his first year working for us, he expressed frustration at his lack of advancement. Isn’t that adorable? He’d been with the company all of thirteen months and had received only one pay raise and only one promotion. Can you imagine our grandparents acting like that?
He was angry. With me. With the company. With himself. He wanted more out of life and he wanted it now.
That’s when I told him what he needed to do.
“If you want to no longer be an assistant,” I said, “you’ve got to first be the best assistant we have. You’ve got to come in early, stay late, and work like no one else here works. Then, your potential here is limitless. Stop looking down on your current circumstances and embrace the opportunity to shine.”
Embrace where you are and be the best at whatever it is you are now.
If you aren’t being promoted beyond the mailroom, be the best mailroom clerk in the company.
If you’re frustrated at not being married, be the best friend a friend can have. Make the most of the relationships you do have.
If you’re struggling to have children, be a phenomenal aunt or uncle or big brother to a child in need.
If you’re writing a blog and only a few people are reading it, engage with those people at a new level. Make new friends.
Keep striving for something more, but never look down on yourself or be angry with others for your circumstances.
No matter what it is you want to be, first be the best at what you are now.
Nothing less will do.
What do you need to be the best at today?