The World Is Built for Average People and Mediocre Lives
I love to study history. Reading and learning about the great men and women of history is by far my favorite pastime. I enjoy discovering what made great people of the past tick and what made them so different than the rest.
What did the founding fathers do differently than everyone around them? Why did Martin Luther King Jr. resonate with millions in a way no one else could. I’m sure there are thousands of leadership books that have been written on this topic alone, but the one thing I know is that none of these great men and women were created any differently than you or me. It was the choices they made along the way that truly made them unique and extraordinary. Some grew up poor, some grew up with a silver spoon, but ALL of them made choices that changed the world. Unfortunately our world today often criticizes greatness. If you are Lebron James or Tom Brady, you know that being great and doing things differently in our social media world is a difficult task. Our world seems to be built around the average. Most people don’t have meaningful relationships and opt instead for superficial “online relationships”. Most people have no long-term goals and could not answer where they want to be in 5 years. Most people spend way too much time looking for motivation and inspiration and not enough time putting their thoughts and ideas into action. Most people couldn’t name more than 5 books they have read. Most people will never be truly successful. Most people will play it say. The world we have built has trained most to make safe choices. Go to college, Get a “stable" 9-5 job, and don’t stray too far from the safety and security of the crowd. If you want to be great, you have to make the choices nobody else is making. You have to be willing to fail. You have to rise above and fight your way out of mediocrity.
One of my favorite quotes comes from legendary NFL coach Bill Walsh. He said…
“Winners act like winners before they become winners. That’s how they become winners.”
No matter where you are in your journey you have to start thinking differently. Thinking like a winner doesn’t mean you are better than anyone. It means that you believe you can accomplish anything and win. Start thinking that way now and you’ll reap the benefits later. The people throughout history who have made a difference ACTED like they had what it took to get the job done.
You can make the transformation if you focus on growth and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing. You can make the transformation if you are willing to do what no-one else is doing, and you stop being satisfied with mediocrity.
The world is built for average people and mediocre lives, but you don’t have to accept that as your reality. Your business is worth it. Your relationships are worth it, and the world is in desperate need of your greatness.