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Old October 16, 2017, 11:39 AM
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Default It is OK if you are mediocre.

Mediocre: Average and Ordinary.

synonyms: ordinary, average, middling, middle-of-the-road, uninspired, undistinguished, indifferent, unexceptional, unexciting, unremarkable, run-of-the-mill, pedestrian, prosaic, lackluster, forgettable, amateur, amateurish

The truth. MOST of us are average people. And we get shamed about it.

There is a billion dollar industry of self improvement, to get you out of mediocrity and into (I guess) something more "special".

Often ACHIEVEMENT is equated with success, and rising above mediocrity. Harvey Weinstein was considered a "Hollywood Superstar". Certainly above average.

So was Bernie Madoff. BRILLIANT money manager, until he wasn't.

We are schooled from a very young age, to "dream big", to BE SOMEBODY.
In the USA we are obsessed with becoming somebody.

FAME, is now the currency, more important than talent (see Kardashians for example).

Even the Mega Church preachers are selling books and courses on ACHIEVEMENT, accomplishment, success.

Well, here is a different opinion. You are fine just as you are.

You ARE mediocre, and that is OK. You are no less a person in God's eye than a rich president.

So, maybe you would like my new group, MU, Mediocres UNanonymous.

See, I think there is a lot of stress out there because too many people feel they are not living up to their potential.

You know you're smarter than your results show, shame on you.
You have talents and abilities going to waste, shame on you.
You have knowledge, wisdom and experience you are not sharing, shame on you.

And over the decades I've worked with many people who struggle in their fight against what they "feel" THEY should and ought to be. These feelings create inaction, they cause a less than full effort, and too often become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Being what you are, put up against the giant shadow of what you THINK you could be (or could've been), is a comparison which could be preventing you from accepting the gifts you have and being grateful you have an average and ordinary life. Especially here is USA, it means you're doing pretty dang well in the world of 8 billion people.

So, I say; accept and embrace your mediocrity...and if you so choose, define what you don't want that to be, and choose to do something about it.

Gordon

PS. Some of the most extraordinary people I know, live average and ordinary lives. Mediocre folks indeed, everyday heroes in my book.

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