An Insight a Day

Big Fish in a Small Pond

Back in university, I was a big fish in a small pond. Well, what can I say? I was rejected by the more prestigious universities. Sometimes, I do wonder how differently my life would have turned out had I made it into the big pond.

In boxing, boxers can only compete in their assigned weight class, because if you weigh 80kg, you're going to have a huge advantage when you fight against someone who only weighs 60kg. It's a simple matter of physics, the bigger and heavier you are, the harder it is to move you or make you fall. When you're a big fish in a small pond, it feels a bit like that.

Sometimes, the key to winning isn't to try and win while being a small fish in a big pond. It's to be the big fish, even if it means going to a smaller pond. Find somewhere where you have an unfair advantage, or where competition is sparse. The world is big, but you don't have to fight for the top. Just find your own little patch of land and fight there instead. You don't have to be number one in the world, just be number one in your local area or community.