The Underachiever

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Recently had somebody come up to me and say…

“Hey, you’re Eric Byrnes, that dude who used to play baseball, and now you are on TV all the time and running those crazy triathlons!” 

He then turned to his kid and said… 

“This guy played the game how it was supposed to be played, a classic overachiever!!!” 

As appreciative as I was about this dude’s comments, in my mind, he was dead wrong.

For most of my life I have been described as an overachiever, but the truth of the matter is if you ask me, I have grossly underachieved in several arenas of my life…

Baseball – When I was 9 years old I told my Mom I was going to be a Major League Baseball player… Obviously I made that dream become a reality but as I progressed along the way, I didn’t just want to be a big league baseball player, I wanted to be one of the best who ever played… 

11 seasons in MLB isn’t bad and neither is 109 career home runs or 129 stolen bases but it sure as hell ain’t getting me to Cooperstown. 

I get it, nothing I did was pretty so people just assumed that I was an overachiever, but I actually had way loftier goals for myself in baseball that never came to fruition…

As a broadcaster, I have hosted my own radio show on Sirius/XM as well as KNBR and I have worked in television for Fox, ESPN and MLB Network… Obviously that’s not a terrible resume but once again, I have higher goals that I am in the process of continuing to work toward. Most people assume the nut job with wild hair that screams into the camera too much has way overachieved in the broadcasting game, but the truth is I want to be a part of the revolution and democratization of the entire industry… Not for my own ego or selfish wants but rather for the greater good of the evolution of broadcasting in general. 

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As an endurance athlete who never ran more than 4 miles in my life before the age of 34, it would be pretty easy to look at some of my credentials and assume I have grossly overachieved in the ultra endurance endeavors I have partaken in… 12 full distance Ironman’s, countless ultra marathons, a silver belt buckle at the Western States 100, a triathlon across the country and the 12 and 24 hour speed golf world records ain’t bad, but the truth is that other than the speed golf records I haven’t really accomplished shit other than covering some ridiculous distances at a relatively slow pace… I’ve won a couple small races but for the most part I am a run of the mill age grouper that has grossly underachieved based on what I believe I am capable of. 

While I’m at it, I have underachieved as a father and husband as well. 😅 Although I have my moments of glory which of course I usually try to capture on Instagram, I believe I have the ability to be MUCH better… 

Ultimately, I have a belief and confidence in myself that far surpasses anybody else’s and I have my entire life… Sure the overachiever moniker is cute, endearing and definitely can be humbling but the reality is I don’t feel like I have over achieved in anything, EVER.  

Now that we have hashed this out in today’s Daily Hustle, the bottom line is that there is no such thing as an overachiever. There is way more in each and every one of us… It’s just a matter of who figures out how to get the most out and underachieve the least 👊

-EB

 

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