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Your best?

Posted on: July 3, 2020

Be the best that you can be. That is what we urge our kids, right? But as they grow up, they learn through social interaction, societal pressure, and schooling that “best” is a result of competition.

Now competition itself is not bad. It can bring out the best in us. But it can also bring out the worst. One bad consequence is the focus on what others think or say.

Getting feedback by listening to or observing others is not a bad way to learn, but there can also be demoralising talk and bad models of behaviour. So the sooner a child learns to self-evaluate by critical and objective reflection, the sooner they gain confidence in their own abilities.

When compared to others, they might not be the best. But they learn to gauge what their current best is, look forward to improving, and celebrate both.

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