I don’t remember a whole lot about his class, but I remember two things about my sixth grade teacher, Mr. Langelle. First was that his roots were from Nova Scotia, Canada. And second, he had a saying that he shared fairly frequently in class (hence the reason it has stuck with me some ___ years later) – “Don’t be satisfied with mediocrity.”
Mediocrity by its very nature deals with the ordinary, the average, and at the very least the status quo. Mediocrity determines that I go half-way on the effort, I go lukewarm on the intensity, and I don’t put forth my very best effort in my professional and person life. Mediocrity is the antithesis of passion; it is the poison in today’s society that keeps people from truly excelling and achieving everything they were meant to achieve.
Some people are so driven to achieve that mediocrity is a foreign word. But for the majority of people, mediocrity is a frequent obstacle that they’d like nothing more than to get around. I would submit to you that there are three ways to kill mediocrity in your life:
1.) Find your passion. There’s nothing worse than trying to hack away at something in life for which you have absolutely no desire, drive, or ambition to make happen. Find what drives and motivates you, and pour your creative energies into it. Mediocrity tends to arise as a result of the mundane…counter it with that which ignites your passion.
2.) Share your passion. Nothing keeps the fire going more than continuously adding fuel. One way to do that is to share your vision and drive with those around you. You have to be careful about and selective of whom you share this with – there are people who will tell you to get your head out of the clouds, get realistic, or otherwise try to extinguish your passion. You need a support system to keep you ignited and motivated. Find that valuable few and keep them posted. If they have your back, they won’t let you even remotely consider mediocrity.
3.) Cultivate and grow your passion.Once you discover what your passion is and share the vision with others, then move forward with developing yourself with that passion and seeing it through to fulfillment. Whether it be starting a new business, completing a project, or exploring a hobby, put your heart and soul into it and see where it can grow. Devotion equals passion. When you’re devoted to your passion, mediocrity will have no room to take root.
If you follow these three basic concepts, mediocrity will be just a memory and passion will be the name of the game.
QUESTION: How do you beat back mediocrity from your own life? Share with us in a comment below.