Sometimes being #2 is enough. Sometimes it's wonderful.
A couple of days ago I read of a writer who snagged the second prize in WOW's nonfiction essay contest. Her piece was A. Maz. Ing. It's a moving story and it's well crafted.
You can read Bea's story here.
Today is my second day with students. Yesterday was an incredible day. My goal (one of many): to remember a few students' names in each class.
Sometimes #2 is better than #1. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed the first day, I'm looking forward to an even better day today.
How do you handle not making #1? Does missing top spot get you discouraged?
Or, does it make you dig your heels in and try even harder the next time?