If You Ask a Child What They Want to Be When They Grow Up and I Doubt You Will Hear “Average.”
We are all blessed with our own gifts and talents, our own experiences and knowledge, and our own set of affinities.
We are meant to use these blessings, and grow to be as tall as we can be. The only way being average is acceptable given our blessings, is if everyone on the planet maximized their potential…in which case excellence would be the new average.
Since we can only control our own actions, we must strive to use and grow our blessings to fulfill our potential. Not in competition with others, but to live the life and make the contributions we were uniquely made to.
Here is a perspective on average from Edmund Gaudet which I found while reading John Maxwel:
Average is what the failures claim to be when their family and friends ask them why they are not more successful.
Average is the top of the bottom, the best of the worst, the bottom of the top, the worst of the best. Which of these are you?
Average means being run of the mill, mediocre, insignificant, and also-ran, a nonentity.
Being average is the lazy person’s cop-out; its lacking the guts to take a stand in life, its living by default.
Being average is to take up space for no purpose; to take the trip through life, but never pay the fare; to return no interest for God’s investment in you.
Being average is to pass one’s life away with time, rather than pass one’s time away with life; it’s to kill time, rather than work it to death.
To be average is to be forgotten once you pass from this life. The successful are remembered for their contributions; the failures are remembered because they tried; but the average, the silent majority, is just forgotten.
Don’t be average. Strive.
Recognize and then constantly remind yourself, that you are not on the earth by accident. You are here to make the contribution that only you can make and this will be your mark on the world. There is NOTHING average about your contribution when you strive to be the best you can and do the best you can.
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