I’ve actually heard this twice in my life.
The first time was while I was working on a contract. One of the permanent employees said, ‘I always aim low, in that way I’m never disappointed.’
I heard it again today, though, and it got me thinking as usual.
I was drinking coffee in an independent coffee shop after meeting my accountant. I heard a lady say exactly the same words. She was out of my sight, but a few minutes later, she walked past me. She was sweeping the floor.
I can see the appeal of aiming low. No risks, no failure, no anxiety about exams, or fear of loss. The flip side, of course, is no wins, no euphoria, no personal growth, no example set for your children, and coming to an end full of regrets.
We all have a choice, I suppose. Aim low and never be disappointed, or aim high and possibly achieve something worthwhile.
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