Last week I read an article and buried deep within the text was this phrase as defined by Urban Dictionary
Try Hard: A person who puts a large amount of effort into achieving a certain image, or counter-image, to the point where it is obviously contrived. Rather than achieving an image through genuine personality, the try-hard consciously attempts to fit a certain style through deliberate imitation, forced style, or scripted behavior. That is to say, he/she is trying hard to create an image.
You don’t have to look too far to find your first real life example of Try-Hard – in fact I bet if you sat back for a minute you would be able to find one with great ease. There is no better place to spot Try-Hard mentality than online – it reeks of catfish (no offense to the actual fish).
The thing that I know is this: authenticity works. Being YOU works. You can get better, you can work hard, you can evolve and grow and try. I’m all for supporting people on that path. But when you find yourself caking on the Try-Hard I ask you to pause – hold it back a bit today. Be a little bit more real – show some real glimpses into you and see what happens. The ease of it is refreshing and you’re going to like it. Trust me.