What is normal? Is there a definition or a picture that describes it? Every week I have someone tell me, your weird or what I am doing is weird. Guess what, it does not matter to me! I embrace it. I embrace not being normal. Normal is boring and I do not want to be like everyone else. If I tried to "fit in" or be like everyone else, then I really wouldn't be me. So take my word. Do not try to be like everyone else. Be yourself and see what avenues open for you. You will feel happier, see the world in a different way and experience new things. Don't apologize for being different, ignore the haters and just be yourself.
When it comes to sports I want to be the best. I want my team to be the best. I will push myself and my teammates to the max. It is the only way I know how to win. It is what I was taught and it was the way I grew up. To be the best you need to work harder and longer. Never do something because your afraid of what people will think of you. Do not work out because your afraid someone might make fun of you. Don't not go all out in practice because your afraid you might mess up. A team's job is to pick each other up when we make a mistake. Not continue to tear you down. Normal Team's don't succeed when individuals think they are better than the team. Championship teams happen when players learn to break the normality of content, and work till they have nothing left. So when I see people who don't give everything they have or think they are bigger than the rest of the team, I am sorry if I get frustrated. I am tired of hearing everyone else just talk about how good they are or want to be, but turn around and refuse to put in the work with the rest of the team. Who do you think you are? This is not the NFL and this is not the "you" show. This is a team sport and last time I checked you can only be as successful as your team is. Don't be the cool guy or the "normal guy", step up and call somebody out if you need to. Push each other to be the best until you ultimately succeed.
In school, call me teachers pet, call me over achiever, call me a nerd. I do not care. Grades are important to me and so are the connections that I make in a classroom. I have always been this way. I never was bribed with money or given money for getting grades. It was always expected of me. Not only by my parents but also by self. If I didn't get a good grade, it made me angry and I hated it. So I have learned to work as hard as I can and to do everything I can to receive the highest grade or give myself the best possible chance to succeed. School does matter, especially the older we get and if you don't start good habits from a young age, it will be very hard to set your self up for success in the future.
Here is my final advice. Stop being average. Stop being the status quo. Stop trying to be "normal". By doing what everyone else does, your just fitting in the background. Try and be front and center. Be humble but be in the spotlight. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best. It is a way of life. Don't apologize for trying to the best. Work hard and stay motivated, you will be amazed at what doors open for you.