This is not a rant although I can see how it may come off as one. I must assure you, this is not the intention. It is merely an observation which just happens to make overachievers look… bad.
I should clarify, to be an overachiever you don’t actually have to achieve much of anything. All you have to do is try too hard. If you are trying overly hard at everything, and doing well, good for you. At least the “hard work” is paying off – sort of. On the other hand, if you are continually trying too hard and the “hard work” is not paying off, well then, you’re a dud.
The overachiever is always in the way. This not in the sense of someone else’s career path for instance. Rather, in the way of getting things done. On the note of career path, the overachiever is always the most expensive (they tend to come with qualifications – some useful some not) but get the least done.
While the overachiever is agonizing over trivial details, require outlines, guidelines, charts, and presentations, take notes, take more notes, request meetings and then more meetings, the rest of the world has already done the job.
Overachievers create tasks where there are none. Tell themselves they are working hard when in reality they are working hard at exactly nothing. They are working hard at how they will go about working hard, instead of simply working. They repeat and review to a degree which is counterproductive and yields diminishing returns. They impede flow and progress.
This may or may not be their fault. It is how we teach our children, our teenagers and our young adults. All the way through tertiary education. Once they enter the real-world there is no space for the overachiever, they waste time and money. They get trampled by the doers.
The real-world rewards results, not the process. Sadly, many overachievers never realise this. They are too busy trying to work hard at working hard.