Do you know Kristen Steele? If not, you’re missing out. She wears so many hats that it would be hard to describe everything she does in a sentence or two, but just know that she looks sooo good in all of the hats Kristen is our “Trevecca Live” boss. She works in the marketing department at TNU, is a new mommy to beautiful baby Jacob, blogs like I only wish I could, and wears the absolute cutest outfits… Anywhooo, Kristen is participating in a “Blogtember Blog Challenge” this month. I am not committing to the whole month, but couldn’t resist today’s topic—“Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered.”
I think that today’s Blogtember topic stood out to me so much because I instantly knew the advice I’d pass on. Maybe it’s only because my Dad repeated it to me over and over and over (AND OVER) growing up, but it really has proved to be the most useful and so true during my years in college. Dad always said “If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, you better have time to do it a second! Do your best, take your time, and do it right.”
When my Dad would say this to me, I probably responded with an eye roll and a huge, dramatic sigh. And, he was probably lecturing me because for the second week in a row I hadn’t really vacuumed. I used to just roll the vacuum over the carpet a bunch of times without really turning it on. My genius plan was that my parents would see the little wheel marks on the floor and be satisfied… WRONG! Yeah, yeah, it takes the same amount of time to vacuum the right way as it does to do it the wrong way, but in my head I was getting out of doing the worst chore ever. Really, vacuuming is the worst. Everyone knows that.
Well, each week my Dad would bust my “genius plan,” and I’d have to do it all over “his way.” He’d give me his little lecture— “Shelbe, if you don’t have time to do it right the first time, you better have time to do it a second!” “Dad! Do you hate me?? Are you trying to ruin my life???! AHHH!” Oh man, I was dramatic…At the time, his words didn’t stick. I strictly applied them to silly chores, like vacuuming. Now that I’m a halfway grown-up, though, and am responsible for my own grades, future, job, chores (and, yes, even dorm vacuuming!) I understand where Pops was coming from.
It’s not fair to cheat ourselves by not giving 100%. We deserve that personally, but it’s also not fair to cheat the world of the best we have to offer it. No matter the circumstances. Everyone has the same 24 hours in the day, but isn’t it crazy how much more some people can get done in comparison to others? Do it right, give it your all, the FIRST TIME because, if you don’t, you’ll have to do it again. Cheating can only get you so far. Be genuine and authentic. Be the best you that you can be.
I pride myself on getting good grades, on learning all that I can, and snatching up every opportunity possible. I’m not satisfied with “okay” or “good enough.” I need GREAT. Why is that? Because I was blessed with a Dad who made me re-vacuum the carpets every week.