The Tragedy of Mediocrity
This article will be different than most, and my hope is that it reaches those in need of a reality check or some “realness” in a world filled with BS. The story of human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short. I’m not being negative, I’m dealing in reality and expressing my desire to change this sad trend. The average person settles for far less than he or she is truly capable of. The truth is we’re all meant to thrive, and we came into this world with more talents and abilities than we could ever use, but our potential is only pulled out if we’re focused on our strengths, and start embracing who we really are. As you grow your intelligence you start to realize how much turmoil our society is really in, and the lack of freedom most people are oblivious to. There is nothing worse than living a life somebody else designed for you. The system is designed for the majority to fail, which is exactly what they are doing. Enough is enough. Here are the 5 biggest tragedies of living a mediocre life.
“The two most important days in a persons life are the day they were born, and the day they find out why.” — John Maxwell
The number one regret from people on their death beds is that they settled for what others expected of them because they were never brave enough to pursue their dreams. When they look back at their lives, what stood out the most was their unreached goals and aspirations. They are often haunted by decisions that resulted in the lives they ended up with. The likelihood of regret is drastically increased when you’re trying to fit into others expectations of you. The more you settle, the regret you will eventually have.
Action Step: Do something daily that gets you closer to your dreams, not someone elses.
Having peace of mind, and knowing you are working towards your vision unlocks creativity. Set thinking is a major cause of mediocrity, and most people haven’t had an original thought for years. From kindergarten to college we are told how to think, how to memorize, and how to fit in. You get scolded and reprimanded when you stand out, but entrepreneurship it’s the exact opposite. In order to thrive you consistently need to be expanding your awareness, expressing your creative genius, and committing to improving yourself daily. The greatest contribution you will make to the world is becoming the best version of yourself, which won’t happen if you’re trying to fit in.
Action Step: Start thinking more intelligently about your future, and schedule blocks of time for your mind to wander.
Ultimately life is an adventure, experiences and memories are what separate the elite lives from the mediocre. After studying countless world class people it’s clear they are constantly creating memorable experiences. What’s the point of doing something if you’re not having fun, and it doesn’t elevate your emotional frequency? Why not take a mini adventure (half-day/weekend) every 5-7 days? This shakes you out of any complacency, which is the WORST thing on earth. Build out your adventures at the beginning of the year, and make sure you always have trips planned for your future. According to cnn.com, 76% of our society is currently living paycheck to paycheck. It’s tough to create exceptional experiences with minimal pay. Money does matter.
Action Step: Go explore and have fun. Get those creative juices flowing. You will be surprised how motivating it is to just GET OUT.
Mediocrity loves mediocrity, and misery really does love company. There are way too many haters, bullshitters, and quitters hating on the go-getters. When you stay away from mediocrity and toxic people it makes immediate difference in your personal energy, peace of mind, and motivation level. Yet so many people hang on to those who complain, bitch, moan, play victim (why does this always happen to me!?), and continue settling for less than they are capable of. It’s your job to make sure your past is brighter than your future, and the people you surround yourself with believe in you, encourage you, and raise your standards. Grant Cardone reminded me a couple weeks ago that “if you still have all the same friends you had in high school you probably haven’t grown very much.” Ouch. If you’re moving closer to your dreams, while most are moving towards mediocrity you’re bound to run into haters. I’d strongly recommend dropping all communication w/ those who don’t make you feel exceptional this year. Life is way too short.
Action Step: Re-evaluate the top 5 people you’re around the most, and limit time or get rid of those who don’t 100% support your vision.
A Mediocre Legacy
“The wealthiest place on the planet is the cemetery, because it’s filled with brilliant ideas, potential… all wasted.”
— Tony Robbins
The worst of them all. You leave a trail of mediocrity behind you. You rarely see a legendary entrepreneur who had mediocre parents, unless they found a great mentor along the way. At some point you must realize it’s not about just you, it’s about those you inspire, those who look up to you, and those counting on you. 71% of people hate what they do and are actively disengaged at work. If you don’t like what you do even 1% it’s time to STEP UP and make some changes. The more you settle, the more you regret. You only get this life ONCE, don’t spend it doing things you hate. With every text, every word, every tweet, and every action you are creating your legacy.
While you still have a lot of years to live, be sure to make some time for reaching your dreams. Start working toward your goals now. Don’t keep putting things off until it’s too late. Tell yourself each day that now matters. Be intentional with your life because that’s when you’ll feel the most alive, the most resourceful, and the most creative. The more you conform to society and others expectations, the higher chance of regret. You must consciously choose a new self image and life. Fight to forge it into existence by consistently aligning your thoughts and behaviors to make it so.
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