In the age of participation trophies and No Child Left Behind, we are being encouraged more and more to believe that being average is a good thing. Personally, I feel that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The average person in America is ~23 lbs over their ideal weight and over a third of Americans are obese. Being overweight is normal now. The average person prioritizes fast food over their health, rather than finding balance.
The average person is dumb. America isn’t even in the top 10 when it comes to highest average IQ, but among industrialized countries we are near the bottom in all categories of standardized testing.
The average American does not care to improve mental performance.
The average person is in debt and makes horrible finance decisions. If you have no debt and $5 in your pocket, you are wealthier than the average American.
The average person spends their entire life slaving away in an office, hoping to someday have enough money to retire.
Average sucks. Stop comparing yourself to average!
Aim Higher Than Average
Here’s the deal. We aren’t all going to pass Michael Jordan or Steve Jobs in our accomplishments. But you sure as hell won’t come close if you don’t try to.
In reality, we often fall short of our big goals. Which is why aiming to be average is a horrible mistake. What if you fall short of average? Or even worse, what if you accomplish average and become comfortable there?
You have to hold yourself to a higher standard that. Have some self-respect damnit!
From here on out, average is the absolute bare minimum that you will EVER accept of yourself.
Average is for losers. Don’t ever settle for average. Being average, by today’s standards, is an insult and you should treat it that way.
That means when you start a new job, you need to find out what the top employee is producing. Your goal is to match that ASAP and beat it soon after. If you aren’t producing what the average person is within your first day or two on the job, you should be ashamed of yourself.
Some people will think that sounds a little extreme. Those people are called losers. Those people think average is acceptable. You are not concerned with the opinions of average people. Like average people, average opinions have little to no value.
This is not for the sake of trying to be better than other people. It’s about expecting the best of yourself. It’s about recognizing that the average standard is set too low.
Once you’ve accepted that the average person is mediocre you won’t gain any sense of accomplishment by being better than them.
Just know that when, not if, people accuse you of that – it’s a good sign. It means they are insecure because they are jealous of you.
Jealousy is part of a scarcity mindset and is common among negative people, which is just another reason to avoid negative people altogether.
Trying to be the best shouldn’t be done with an attitude of wanting to put others down. It should be done out of respect. It’s like saying “I respect what you did, now I’m going to do my best to push myself to do more.”
Average people view competition as me vs you. Great people view competition as me vs me against you vs you.
Just a subtle, but powerful shift in mindset.
Don’t Follow Average Advice
Average people go on to live boring, average lives because they follow the average advice.
My rule of thumb is this – if they haven’t accomplished what I’m trying to accomplish, I don’t follow their advice.
That doesn’t mean I don’t listen. It just depends on what is being told. There is a lot of value to be gained from someone who shares their personal experience.
The difference is that most people will just regurgitate the same crappy advice that someone else gave them. It usually has no value because they have only heard about what to do and haven’t actually gotten off their ass and done it themselves.
However, when someone shares their experience, I am all ears.
Average people rarely take action. So if someone has taken action, even if they failed, they have more respect from me and are no longer considered average. The path to greatness isn’t the easy one, so I don’t knock someone who’s actually trying just because they haven’t made it yet.
This doesn’t mean you can’t learn a lot from average people as well. That’s how you figure out what NOT to do. If the herd is being flocked to the left, go right.
In fact, a lot of my gut decisions are based on that logic. I can’t guarantee that it will work for you, but it has for me.
It’s simple if you think about it – just look at the average person.
What is their life like on a daily basis? Where do you think you’ll end up by following their advice? Are they really qualified to guide you in a better direction? If so, why wouldn’t they guide themselves in that better direction?
You can draw your own conclusions.
Average sucks. Being content with average is for losers. You deserve better and you can do better.
Mediocre or great, don’t worry about other people. Focus on being the best you possible. Hold yourself to the highest standard and never settle for average.
Average people get comfortable with being average. They become complacent and lazy.
It doesn’t matter where your starting point is, just keep making progress.
Average lives are built by people who follow the average advice. Don’t do what average people tell you to do.
Do the things they aren’t willing to do and you will get to live a life they never deserved.
Until Next Time,
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