Punching above your weight. Suicide or glory ?
With luck, opportunities present themselves in our lives. Maybe professionally such a career change or new job or role, or in our personal lives such as a new hobby, sporting challenge or relationship.
I was speaking about this with a friend yesterday and reflected on it today.
I’ve written before about not letting fear of failure or adverse outcomes be the driver behind any decision; but I also think, that a drive to want to be better and have positive opportunities enter your life and have faith that when presented with these you can rise to challenge, is very important.
One definition of punching above your weight is “to be in a situation that requires powers or abilities that one does not posses.”
I think it is easy to assess our own abilities as less capable than they truly our and it’s often not until a challenge is presented that one’s true skills and merits can come to the fore.
So I think, when faced with an opportunity that were you to succeed in you would achieve a great unexpected success, we should try all we can to take on that opportunity and turn it into glory.
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
“Who dares wins”
“When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph.”
“For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.”
Charles de Gaulle