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June 13, 2012

Mediocrity

For a while, something has been bothering me immensely. I have thought about it for a while and I would not want to offend anyone by what I am about to write about, but I know there is the chance that I will offend, and that is a chance I am willing to take.

Mediocrity has become the norm and it’s okay to be mediocre, because it gives you the opportunity to moan about how unfair it is for the skinny, the fast and those who got an “easy up” in life.

We all have average days.

Yet, oddly, mediocrity for the system that prepares the future leaders, thinkers, movers and shakers of the country, is ideal. And sadly, this still reigns true today more than ever. And worse, the mindset of mediocrity as ideal has taught us that half-assing it through life is more than enough. Along the way you’ll get medals, be told its okay, and that everything will be fine.

It will not.

Saying that, however, the truth is that no country can survive on excellence alone. Mediocre people might not create the next iPad. But they bake average cakes and surf the web and make jokes and pick kids up from school. They read magazines and throw big birthday parties and go to concerts. They share photos on Facebook and Skype you in the afternoon and send you weird GIFs. They eat breakfast and go shopping and take vacations. They might slow things down a little on the job, but then again, they also keep things moving smoothly because they’re not going to ask a million perfectionist questions.

I came across this video in a mate’s blog the other day and thought I should share it today. Let’s kick across to this for now:

Next, I would like to get into what defines mediocrity. I am a supporter of helping people who want to excel in every arena, every genre and every classroom. Average musicians, athletes, scholars and workers are all average. Sure, a kid with 8 tattoos, 4 earrings, bad manners and dirty hair my not be your vision of success, but he could be the best drummer in the world, playing incredible music to an audience whose life he is changing for the better. He could be involved with charities which feed hundreds of children.

Who are we to judge because of how someone looks? Mediocrity has nothing to do with physical appearance.

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

My boss presented THIS PRESENTATION not so long ago and it’s a superb read too. Mediocrity plays no part in his life and we have this continuous strive for better within our working environment.

Not everyone is a winner. I get that. Its not about winning. Its about DOING, instead of half-assed attempts and blaming everything but yourself. Just like this blog. Putting up half-assed blog posts 5 days a week is lying to myself about what’s important to me. I want to discover and create, inspire and get you thinking. That doesn’t come from posting drivel up here. It’s part of the reason I am writing less. Posting better content is giving the best of myself.

This next section is straight from a similar article written by a guy who ticks all the points for not being mediocre in his field of expertise:

Survival of the fittest is not a choice, it’s an intrinsic part of our very being. The difference now days though, is that we don’t have to be the best hunter. We can be the best at whatever it is we are best at. Athletics, maths, science, art, whatever it is, there is scope and opportunity in almost all aspects of life. But we need to at least attempt to be the best. If no one was the best, or strived to be the best, what would happen in real life scenarios? What will happen to these kids when they finish school. As some point they’re going to have to be the best they can be, in whatever field they choose.

For those areas to improve further though, for them to reach their full potential, we need to celebrate the people at the forefront of every genre.

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People need goals to aspire to. Sometimes, those goals are people. People we are celebrating for their achievements. We are building futures by celebrating success, by promoting the over achiever.

Mediocrity has a place in my life, and its that place I go to when I am having an average day. I realise that by being average / mediocre, I am culling my future, a future which excites me immensely.

And then, I look at this picture, and go on with my day:

Stop being mediocre. There is no try, only do. DO! Stop making excuses and be the best version of yourself. Make the tough choices. Stop telling yourself it’s ok to me mediocre. Its just not.

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