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A Commitment to Mediocrity

June 5, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

After Bo Eason had retired from the NFL, he turned to acting and writing plays. In what could be called his third act, he’s now a public speaker who coaches others to be excellent presenters and storytellers.

I recently saw Bo Eason speak. He told the audience that the world is committed to mediocrity.

I’ve thought about that in other terms, but Bo had a great phrase for recognizing and describing what’s happening. We talk about our closest friends and how they influence us (, and how those around us determine our normals.

And the truth is: Most people strive for mediocrity.

They’re not trying to do more with their lives or their dreams. They’re just trying to get by. They’re trying to do what everybody else is doing. When you look at most people, they’re looking at averages and normals. They’re not pulling themselves into greatness. If we are to be truly great and do extraordinary things, we need to change our measuring stick. Measuring ourselves against everybody else and looking at what everybody else is doing will cause us to believe that average is normal. And we’re going to do things that average people do.

We need to work with the extraordinary. We need to figure out what extraordinary people do and how that impacts their lives. What does extraordinary look like? Don’t commit to mediocrity. Make yourself more. Do the things you need to do. Start with a new focus on a new normal, a normal that’s different than everybody else’s normal.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you seen a lot of mediocrity in the world? How have you overcome it? Join us in the comments below.

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