I have often thought "Over the hill at ten" would make a good book title.
What does it mean?
If someone wanted to be an Olympic class athlete, they would have to start refining that skill by at least age ten, most likely. That means, if you haven't started yet, and you are over ten, chances are you're out of the running.
Over the hill, already, at ten. That's sad.
It's a burden, but don't worry.
"Second best" is less stressful to obtain.
Second best can mean being physically fit and still having enough talent to do more good than harm.
Don't do what too many folks do. They throw in the towel because they aren't first place.
When I was a kid, I heard that every American can have the dream of being President.
On the other hand, people say when you type the word "failure" and click on the Google search button that says, "I'm feeling lucky," you get the biography of the President.
So much for being top dog, when people call you a failure.
Of course I haven't yet researched how Google's "I'm feeling lucky" search results are determined.
The word "excellence" is often bantered about.
Think schools, workplaces, resumes. Then think of the name for Rush Limbaugh's radio network;
"The Excellence In Broadcasting Network" (E.I.B. Radio Network).
Is Rush Limbaugh excellent? What "top drawer" and "excellence" means is debatable.
Don't throw in the towel if you can't make the top; what ever way the "top" is defined. Being reasonably good is ...