“Lions don’t follow the sheep. Instead, they eat them.
And then they pick their teeth with their bones.”
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in society, specifically in the workforce. Something has happened to the American soul that has shifted our philosophy to one that accepts mediocrity. We have become so obsessed with everyone’s feelings that we don’t want anyone to feel second best. We’ve created a culture where youth sports give out trophies to all participants rather than just to the winners of the season. After all, everyone participated.
We’ve become a society where parents are so unwilling to push their children that, rather than recognizing their student needs to step it up and study harder, get tutoring, ect., and instead point the finger at the teacher. After all, it must be their fault. They must be a poorly skilled, ineffective teacher.
In his article, In Defense of Being Average (Manson, 2015), Mark Manson writes:
“We’re all, for the most part, pretty average people. It’s the extremes that get all of the publicity. We all kind of intuitively know this, but we rarely think and/or talk about it. The vast majority of us will never be truly exceptional at, well, anything. And that’s OK.
Which leads to an important point: that mediocrity, as a goal, sucks. But mediocrity, as a result, is OK.
Few of us get this. And fewer of us accept it. Because problems arise — serious, “My God, what’s the point of living” type problems — when we expect to be extraordinary. Or worse, we feel entitled to be extraordinary. When in reality, it’s just not viable or likely.”
Manson goes on to argue the point that society seems to have embraced that we should just accept the fact we’re all average. He states that striving to be great, to be the best, is a pointless endeavor. So pointless, in fact, that we should just slow the hell down, smell the roses, enjoy our latte, and accept the fact that we are all part of an average group of beings.
Ah, HELL NO!
What he misses, and so many others as well, is that it’s the average that get the raw end of the deal. Just look at the so-called Middle Class. Over the past two decades, it’s been fading away ever so slightly. Since the Great Recession of 2008, wages have fallen stagnant while corporate profits have risen. Wages are stale while Wall Street rockets through the roof. The Middle Class is being given the proverbial middle finger and we’ve grown so weary that we accept it.
Or we become angry and look for solutions. And sometimes those solutions, when we’re angry and demand our Middle Class back, we make stupid, long lasting decisions that end up biting us in the ass.
So What Do We Do?
According to Pareto’s Principle, otherwise known as the 80/20 Rule, 20 percent of people who are reading this will actually take any action on changing their approach. So what’s to follow is for the 20 percent who are unwilling to accept the status quo. It’s for the 20 percent who are unwilling to be another sheep in the herd, another lemming heading to the cliff of life only to fall into the abyss.
What do we do? We start with drawing a line in the sand and change our focus. No longer will we accept “average” in our lives. We intend to be awesome, because anything less is just average – or less – and that’s not what I signed up for.
No longer will I be one of the bleating voices calling out for my share. Instead I’m going to grab life by the balls and make shit happen.
If you are part of the 20 percent who desire to be awesome, join me on the journey. The pages to follow in this book will chart a new course. They will direct us on a new path. They will guide us to greatness.
After all, it’s time to Be Awesome or Be Extinct! #babe