I have the words “KICK ASS” posted on my wall, next to my daily to-do list, as sort of a personal motto for every day. Everyone who comes into my room thinks I’m crazy. I guess it is just one of the few quirks of being me. The reason it came about is the fact that I absolutely detest failure, to the point of fear. The weird thing is, there wasn’t any special occasion or event that caused this; it was as if one day, the switch just turned on, and I asked myself “why shouldn’t I be kicking ass at this?” The fact is, I cannot wrap my head around the idea of being mediocre at anything. Like many others, this has greatly shaped my life and the way I lead it; most for the better, but at times, for the worse. In its best form, this motto gives me great confidence and determination to succeed at the task on hand. On the contrary, this being the proverbial double-edged sword, has its downsides as well. At its worst, all of this overwhelms me and makes me question everything. Why I have to be so strict with myself? Why I can’t give myself a break and settle for being “OK”? I mean, I just can’t expect to be the best at everything every time, right? Wrong. If I start cheating my “system”, then I’m just undermining my set of benchmarks of what I should be doing. It would make it seem as if not giving my best effort is acceptable, or even encouraged. I will have none of that. Instead, I will go out every morning, with the intent of kicking ass.

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