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When former President Jimmy Carter graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Admiral Hyman Rickover interviewed him for a job. The admiral asked the young Jimmy “How did you do in your Naval academy class?” With pride in his voice, he responded, “ Sir, I came 59th in a class of 840.”

That is pretty much impressive, clocking himself 59th in a big class. However, the next question surprised him. Rickover said “Son, did you do your best?” He sheepishly answered, “No, sir, I did not do my best.” The third question floored Carter, “Why not the best?”

A great philosopher once said “The glory of God is a man fully functioning.” Let us make a decision to be the best we could possibly be in our own arena. Being the best does not necessarily mean to be Number 1. Just doing your best. I have known a lot of people who made it to the top through politics. Do you know what politics means? It came from two words “poly” (means many) and tics ( blood sucking insects). In other words – sipsip ☺. No politics please. No Hollywood. Just give your best shot. The late Coach John Wooden’s definition of success is :

Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

So, be the best employee. Be the best student. Be the best businessman. Be the best minister. Be the best CEO. Don’t settle for less. Don’t be a mediocre. In the end, God will ask "Son, did you do your best?"



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