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Dirty Dozen #4 – Mediocrity

by Rajesh Setty on October 14, 2009

dirty-dozen-mediocrityThis is part of the “Dirty Dozen” series. Part 3 covered the word “Complacency” and today we will look at the word “Mediocrity.”

Dictionary definition:
The quality or state of being mediocre

If you think about it, mediocrity has no set standards. When someone sets a higher standard in the marketplace for something, the rest of the people who are operating at a standard lower than this “higher standard” will be operating in mediocrity.

Plasma screen TVs made the earlier generation TVs mediocre

iPhone made the earlier cool phones mediocre

Kindle made the Sony reader mediocre

Nintendo Wii made a whole line of video games mediocre

You don’t typically choose to operate in mediocrity. You just end up there if you don’t strive to operate in setting higher standards in the marketplace.

The funny thing is that many people operating in mediocrity are doing so because they don’t want to “walk the extra mile.” However, just because there is an oversupply of people operating in this zone, there is a dog fight going on in this zone. In fact, traffic is smoother in the “extra mile” as there are less people in that zone.

Mediocrity is a silent killer be it in personal life or professional life.

Your life is a gift and it calls for a celebration. Living in mediocrity is simply not the way to celebrate it.

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Illustration by Ming. Ming is the creator of the Fantasy Story webcomic. He is also a freelance illustrator, designer, painting instructor and occasional luxury car salesman. Ming is based in Penang, Malaysia. You can find him on twitter @Artmaker