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Mediocrity is a mindset. Avoid the mental viruses of negative people.

  3rd Jan 2017

Nothing is as approved as mediocrity, the majority has established it and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way. - Blaise Pascal


Mediocrity is the epidemic of the modern workforce. There are people who take pride in doing “exactly how much they are being paid for”, and they scoff at anyone trying to do a good job. In fact, they try hard to bring them down.

How many times have we seen co-workers conspiring to bring down the star of the department so that they can feel secure? How many times have we seen a new star being set up for failure just because his success was making others look inadequate, incompetent and mediocre? How many times have we seen a good worker joining the gang of the lazy ones just due to peer pressure?

The horrifying list of real life examples could go on. Unlike the heroes in movies and motivational books, in real life, more often than not, the one striving for excellence is overwhelmed by the negative influence, politics, and peer pressure. He gives up and settles into the comfortable, stagnant, and muddy waters of mediocrity. This is the worst thing that could have happened to a talent and it must be avoided at all costs.

While mediocrity can feel comfortable or even smart in the short run, it would be detrimental to long term career success, financial status, and overall mental and spiritual welfare of the worker. It is far more painful to face the regret of having known that you did not give your best, else even you “could have been”.

It is indeed hard work to strive for excellence and face the jealousy of the mediocre mob at the same time. You must protect your energy and attitude and avoid the mental virus of negative people. Ensure that you keep a circle of winners around you, you mix with the people who are positive and you emulate the leaders who are in the search for excellence. Yes, they are rare, but so are you. Ensure that you belong to your own tribe.

Having said that at one point or the other, you would inevitably have to deal with the jealous mediocre mob, do you yourself a favor by not listening to them. And when being targeted by them, remind yourself:  

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. - Fulton J. Sheen

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