One thing most over-achievers probably have in common is the sensation that they will never be good enough. It’s their drive, their push and motivation to do more. To be more. They’re the first to raise their hands and volunteer to help, and always the last ones to leave.
They have a voice inside, a chilling screaming voice reminding them how others are better.
They pick up other people’s messes, and because they are seen with a mop they silently take the blame for the spills. So they try harder, and achieve things faster. Yet, they are never quite good enough.
Others are celebrated for simply trying. While the over-achievers are told to quiet down. Most assume over-achievers have it easy and are too annoying to be celebrated.
So they do better. And their voice screams louder pointing out their own flaws. It never gets tired, the voice is always poised and ready to jump in. The voice has many fingers to point, which is odd because they all point in the same direction, the voice only needs but one small finger.
If the over-achievers of this world could put the same effort in pleasing others, in helping others, in doing stuff to impress others toward simply just being — then, wouldn’t that just instantly solve all their problems?