The Merriam-Webster definition is simple: one who achieves success over and above the standard or expected level especially at an early age.

Such a term is often looked at in a negative form, yet the reasons for such thinking are unclear. Perhaps this logic borders on jealousy or insecurity. To me, it does not seem like wanting to be better than average should ever be a bad thing.


Perhaps I just don’t get. And maybe you don’t either. Chances are that if you are reading this blog and checking out the things I have written previous to this posting, you are in fact searching for more and you are in fact trying to be better than average.

For me, this entire concept of doing better than average, striving to destroy mediocrity, and yes, maybe even being a so called overachiever, has nothing to do with thinking you are better than anyone else, but it is simply a reflection of your self-worth. And being driven toward better than average should never be a bad thing.

Perspective. Attitude. Value.

Be an overachiever. Think of all the possibilities surrounding that idea. Remember, misery loves company, but so does excellence. But not everybody has the discipline, drive and determination to get there.


There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying to do BETTER. Your friends and family may not understand. Your co-workers, unless you are lucky enough to be at the right place, likely won’t grasp your passion.

Your self-worth is counting on you. If you have children of your own, or are a mentor to others, then they in fact are counting on you. So my advice, do something right now to get you started on the right path. Overachieve at least for once. You have absolutely nothing to lose.

We are 2 weeks into 2018…you have 50 more weeks to overachieve at least once, hopefully twice.

2 thoughts on “Overachiever”

  1. I love this Dr. V! There shouldn’t be a term called “over achieving”… because to me, who is to define what “standard” or “normal” are? You are performing at your max power as a human, as I too am performing at my max power as a human, so who’s to say who’s power is more maximum than another’s? There are no over achievers, just good human beings! 😘

    1. Hey Jason,
      Quick comment. Loved this post. Some think that we human’s fear success more than we fear failure. (Guess we fear that we’ll have to keep being successful in all areas all the time. We a complex, strange, funny creatures!
      I’ve been getting ready to coach Boy’s JV Tennis this Spring and am reminded of the importance of judging ourselves based on our individual ability and our best effort. I love your quote:..all I can do is go out every day and do the best I can.” Works for me!!! Be Well, BG

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