Relentless Mediocrity (GWTW715)

Over the weekend, I was helping an awesome client work on her new podcast about our hometown, and I heard my new favorite phrase: “relentless mediocrity.” At one point, my client interviewed me, and I shared why I gladly wear the badge of “Relentlessly Mediocre.” It’s not that I don’t aspire to be great at what I do; it’s just that I don’t want to be great every single day in every moment of my life. It’s not attainable, healthy, or human. But that is not the message you and I receive from society. Society tells us that to be relevant and worthy, we must aspire to greatness at all times. There is no room for mistakes, a strategic plan for the future must redeem all failure, and if you are mediocre, you might as well quit. So, let’s dive into why I think relentless mediocrity is healthy for our creativity and society.

Seven ways to transform mediocrity from its negative stigma to becoming a positive system of growth:

  1. The path from good to great requires relentless mediocrity.
  2. To not quit, especially when you and your work don’t measure up.
  3. To not be the best, but to do your best.
  4. To not remain static or to have the belief that you will arrive at some point of perfection, but to consistently learn and grow.
  5. To not equate mediocrity to failure, but to see failure as doing nothing at all.
  6. Regardless of whether you are mediocre or great, there will always be lovers and haters.
  7. Mediocrity in pursuit of your own vision and goals is drastically different than the mediocrity found in trying to be like someone else and do work that copies others.

Show Links

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