You know what really sticks in Kai%s craw?

Kai Beasley

You know what really sticks in my craw? It%s the new guy. I can%t stand the new guy because he%s usually better than everyone. I know you all know who I%m talking about.

The new kid is the kid that everyone talks about but no one has seen yet. The new guy has the strength of ten men. He cures diseases with a wink and a smile. He once hit a baseball to the sun and then, upon realizing that the baseball was actually a small child%s favorite ball, journeyed to the center of the sun to retrieve the ball for the child, and still made it home in time to make dinner for his sick mother.

The new guy is the guy that will take your job no matter what profession you are in. If you work in an office then he completes twice as many TPS reports as you in half the time.

He is the guy that allows your company to downsize to a staff of one person. He is an army of one.

If you are an athlete then he is the 6-foot-5 300 lb. linebacker that runs the 40-yard dash in three seconds. He can jump so high that he needs to get clearance from all local airports before he is allowed to dunk a basketball. And last season, he batted 1.000 with 200 home runs in 200 at bats. He is simply better than you at everything.

If school is your game then the new guy just transferred from -The Greatest School Ever University’ with a 4.0 GPA, and he is the son that every professor never had.

And, guys, watch out. The new guy will take your girl because he%s handsome, strong, athletic and he loves crying in front of women. Yeah, he%s sensitive, but in the good masculine way.

The new guy is simply a better human being than you will ever be … ever. But how can this be true?

No one ever sees the new guy, and when they do, they will probably realize that he%s good at what he does, but he%s still just a guy.

The myths about the new guy probably aren%t even true. It%s probably still funny when he trips and falls in front of a large group of people and when he laughs, snot comes out of his nose just like everyone else.

He%s just a regular guy. And therein lies my problem with the new guy.

I don%t mind the fact that he is good at what he does. Good deeds are to be applauded. It%s the effect that he has on other people that bothers me so much. Why is it that people are so willing to believe the hype? Why do we buy into legend so easily, especially when it%s at the expense of our own ego? Why are we so willing to put someone else before us?

Have some confidence, people. There will always be someone who is better than you at something in life; it%s just that I think there%s a problem when you are so willing to give in, to let go of your talents in order to praise someone else. And it%s not about one person being better at something than you, it%s about the attitude that you start every day with. You should never worry about the next guy, or what someone else is going to do to you. You should only focus on you. Know yourself and strive every day to be better than you were the day before.

If we can find the confidence to throw caution to the wind every day, then we will truly find reach our full capability. You might even find out that you were capable of a lot more than you thought you were.

Try this: tomorrow and for the rest of our days, let%s not worry about who%s prettier or who%s smarter or who%s stronger. Let%s just work on reaching our own potential. You might like it.

And that%s what really sticks in my craw. Good luck, Villanova, and Godspeed.