Updated: May 4, 2023
A few years ago, I gave a talk on “The Burden of Mediocrity” and I recently delivered that same talk to a group of staff members as part of a mental health and wellness series. We talked about this idea that when you are mediocre, “you reach your peak in the middle” and how sad it is that many of us will never realize the full extent of our genius because we have settled for mediocrity. What’s so bad about being mediocre, you ask? For one thing, it can debilitate, keeping us complacently stuck in the same spot (usually a rut) never realizing our full creative potential, leading to one boring existence.
Mediocrity can feel like you are bound, but staying still won’t get you unbound. You must do something. You have to keep moving. I think too many of us are afraid of doing the wrong thing so we do nothing usually for fear of failure. Hear me when I say, do not be afraid of failure. If you glean nothing else from my words know this- failure happens when you don’t try, not because you have to repeat! Look at this way, repetition allows you to work out the kinks of life. So you’re not failing, you are perfecting. And isn’t that the whole point? 😊
©Tasha D. Manigo-Bizzell