I’m a bit of an overachiever. As a kid I would always want to do more than was actually required. Read the optional summer reading books. Climb to the highest point in the tree. And when I got math problems wrong or I couldn’t find the right puzzle piece I would get frustrated and give up the whole endeavor. I can’t tell you how often doing homework resulted in tears.
But even when I was only able to do the minimum, I was always surprised by often just the minimum was enough. By just showing up on time and having read the assignment I managed grades I was happy with.
This isn’t to say that school was always easy, or that I expect that life will be the same way. But I think that this is part of why I’m psyching myself out over finding a job. I’m trying to overachieve, but I don’t even know what the minimum is yet.
So this week I’m starting with the minimum, and we’ll see where that gets me.