Success is a concept perceived by most in terms of the end result rather than the understanding of its process. When we view a successful person, we tend to observe the external manifestation rather than the efforts behind, which came about the result. We always make the assumption that such person was lucky, or blessed, or talented, or has the resources—anything that will cloud our thoughts from exploring the true reason behind its attainment. This common way of thinking belongs to mediocre minds. No successful person I have known lives in mediocrity; each has extraordinary character. What about you? Do you know of someone who is successful and mediocre at the same time?
Looking at the dictionary, mediocrity characterizes moderate to inferior in quality, or put simply: ordinary. If one aspires to succeed, it is imperative to step above the ordinary and face the required challenges inherent in success. I want to be honest: achievement does not favor mediocrity because being mediocre means functioning within an enclosed realm of understanding wherein the perception of things is limited to ones own belief. Mediocrity always sees the limit of things.
Success does not acknowledge limitations; it rather views it as challenges to be conquered. Success interprets failure not as setback but lesson to be learned. Success has strict laws that require religious observance. One of its rules is to let go of mediocrity and face the discomfort of change; it requires the assimilation of new knowledge to broaden one’s horizon; and it does not allow the thought of relapse to the familiar. If you want to succeed but don’t want to give up your antiquated beliefs, you’ll continue a life of blandness, your goals will be but another sketch in the vast “if only” repositories of your mind. Success hates “if only” attitude. It will rather favor failure than not making an attempt.
Whatever we want to achieve in life, the character of success is a necessity. In any avenues of endeavors, one must comply with its discipline. Being ordinary, being in the comfort zone, being coward, being a procrastinator, being a stagnant dreamer and being lazy is the most despicable attitude that counters success. Think about these carefully; upon deep analysis one will find that these are the common forms of resistance that engenders stagnancy and destitution.
Sure, all of us want to succeed. We want to experience a life of bounty without the limitations of physical, mental and material lack. Yet, we are fools in thinking that such will just fall out from the sky, or through prayers, or through positive thinking, or through creative visualization or any other forms of beliefs in which action, sacrifice and discipline are absent. These misinterpreted beliefs have more than confused rather than enlighten people. This is the very reason why success has become a mystery for most of us.
I understand that we are shaped by an influence in which unquestioned compliance must be favored for a while to secure the survival of our kind, like a child who needs to obey its parents to ensure its continued existence. However, we have failed to depart from this temporary necessity; instead it has become a part of our identity—we have become compliant to our cultures, religions, expectations, judgments, criticisms, norms and the orthodox view of things. We have become blind to realize its inapplicability in pursuing success. We are so stuck on being dependent on our primitive beliefs that the thought of deviation invites fear and anxiety. And so we stay as children, even as we age. Even if we want to grow we can’t, we do not allow the process because the risk is, in itself, a threat to our very foundation. With this debilitating attitude dominating our person, we find it hard to abide by the laws of success. Consequently, we settle in mediocrity, aspiring for luck or good fortune to favor us.
Living a life of achievement is such a difficult state for an ordinary man to comprehend. In the many avenues of pursuit, man can either evolve or stagnate. Sadly, most chose stagnation.
Consider your aspirations in life. What is preventing you from achieving your dreams? Wait, don’t think; let me enumerate it for you:
These are among the favorite lines of a mediocre. And so in their lifetimes they lead a life of a loser. Of course nobody wants to be a loser, but few make an attempt to be a winner; all because they coward on the challenges of success.
Most of us want to attain happiness, peace of mind, material prosperity, spiritual growth, fulfillment of dreams, harmonious relationship, healthy physique, wisdom and all other aspirations that will alleviate our well-being. But most are stump on wishing; few choose to defy the status quo. Is this the life you really want? Only you have the power to make a definitive outcome. Mine will always be success.
“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius. “
–Arthur Conan Doyle
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