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“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ― Rumi

Overachiever

on 02/14/2014

People accuse me of being an overachiever, like it’s a bad thing.
My motto has always been “Why do it later when I can do it now?”
Mostly because there is always something waiting in the wings which needs to be done.

I finish my college assignments right away so I have more time to work on other assignments.

But for that, I’m called an overachiever.

I used to go to yoga 4, maybe 5, times a week.

For that, I was called an overachiever.

When my boss asks me for something I do it right away and, more often than not, I’ve already anticipated what he wants so it is already done.

And for that, I get told “you are such an overachiever.”

At some point it actually starts to hurt my feelings because they say it like it’s such a bad thing, like I’m a bad person for doing things quickly.

I know it’s silly to get my feelings hurt, but for some reason, people seem to think saying something like this (over and over again) shouldn’t bother me.

I don’t see why it is so wrong for me to work ahead and/or work quickly.  If I didn’t do this, I’d never get anything done!

Like I said, there is always something waiting in the wings. Housework, for example. There is always laundry or dishes or cooking or mopping, etc. to take care of. If I let one task sit then the next task gets behind and so on and so forth and suddenly it has all snowballed to the point where you are in over your head and don’t know how to climb out of the hole you’ve dug yourself into.

So, I’m an overachiever. But I wish people would stop saying it like it is an accusation instead of a compliment.

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4 responses to “Overachiever

  1. Dora says:

    I looked up synonyms of overachiever and I got: one who outperforms….phenomenon….
    genius….wunderkind.
    I would think these are admirable qualities. Something I would surely like to others to of me as!

  2. Kitteh says:

    Dora, that sounds good to me! I try to remember that people like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett or Michael Dell were also considered overachievers (to name a few) and that’s not bad company to be in. But it’s still hard when people say it to you like it’s an accusation.

  3. sayre says:

    I wish I were your kind of overachiever. Keeping things rolling is hard, but starting something new is easy for me. I wind up overcommitted because I don’t always finish what I start even when it’s something that HAS to be finished, so I wind up overwhelmed and rushing to finish.

    Ignore the naysayers. Pay attention to those of us who admire and envy your ability.

  4. Kitteh says:


    Sayre, I’m that way about projects. Knitting. I was HUGELY into knitting and then it just died off and I lost interest. Sewing, painting, embroidery, you name it. I get all gung-ho and then lose interest! It’s weird how that works because I’ve always considered myself a creative type. I just can’t seem to stick to anything. So in that area – I’m definitely NOT an overachiever! ha…

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