I remember watching an episode of Star Trek Next Generation and Scotty was on board talking to O’Brian (ok, label me a geek all you want, but you know who I’m talking about so you must be too ), and Scotty told O’Brian “Always tell them it will take two weeks, that way when they say they have to have it in one week and you get it done, you look like a hero.” But remember, once you show your genius, people will expect it every time. You will never get to take two weeks to “give them more power” again. Underachievers are always more happy, because they are the ones who have more time to actually enjoy life. Overachievers are the ones who always have to make up for it.
So revel in your mediocrity my friend, it’s the key to anonymity, and that is the key to happiness.