Why Do People Choose Mediocrity Instead of Mastery?
On most weekends I spend the good part of at least one day looking after my property. It’s a lot of work, but at least for now it gives me great joy to rake and haul and trim and plant and all of the other things that come with the upkeep of my little slice of property. I find the activity of maintenance to be more of physical exertion than mental which leaves me a good deal of time to think. As I was mulching the yard this weekend, I got to thinking about why people choose mediocre over masterful. As I pondered this, I wondered if it was fear. Fear of failure? Fear of leaving the big crowd of mediocrity where it is easy to blend in? Are they stuck in the ‘herd mentality’?
Willingness to Fail
It seems to me that to evolve into the best version of ourselves, we must be willing to fail, and fail a lot. Failure helps to develop our vulnerability muscle. We get a chance to laugh at ourselves and not take life so seriously. We get to embrace humility. A couple of years ago I started taking painting classes with a few of my pals. As I look back at my very first painting, I indeed am humbled. I have come a long way since those bright yellow calla lilies against a black background. Don’t be the person who waits all day for 5 pm. Don’t be