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:
- The path from good to great requires relentless mediocrity.
- To not quit, especially when you and your work don’t measure up.
- To not be the best, but to do your best.
- To not remain static or to have the belief that you will arrive at some point of perfection, but to consistently learn and grow.
- To not equate mediocrity to failure, but to see failure as doing nothing at all.
- Regardless of whether you are mediocre or great, there will always be lovers and haters.
- 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.
- Midjourney prompt for episode art: nature overtaking modern society –v 5.2 –stylize 250 –ar 16:9