Rising Above Mediocrity Rising Above Mediocrity
Mediocre stands to me as one of the worst adjectives one can be attributed. By definition, something mediocre is something “of moderate or low quality, value, ability, or performance”.
As I find myself reflecting on what about mediocrity annoys me so much, I notice that I disagree with this definition.
Being mediocre doesn’t rank quality, it names an attitude.
It’s ok to not know better, we’re not born knowing everything. It’s not wanting to know better that makes us mediocre.
It means we’re ok being average and disregard effort in whatever form it may be — through time, care or attention. It means we’d rather follow the short path and steal someone’s idea, instead of tuning in with our own originality.
We can be mediocre at cooking, we can be mediocre at making money, we can even be mediocre at giving gifts. Some of us do not know better, but many times we just do not care enough to learn and practice.
Many of us are conditioned by our childhood’s limiting beliefs and believe that we’re not special enough. Nobody is that special, but everybody is special enough to learn, grow and improve.
Your self-worth is determined by you. You don’t have to depend on someone telling you who you are.Beyoncé
I strive for greatness and excellency, not in an obstinate way that puts me down if I’m not as great as I wish to be. I don’t want to be the best, I want to be great.
It’s when we rise above mediocrity that we can walk with our heads held high and say we tried.
Mediocrity is a choice. I choose to walk away from it.