How Being Mediocre Can Make You Exceptional

How Being Mediocre Can Make You Exceptional

A friend of mine recently confided in me about the passing of a man he served with. He described the warrior as exceptional. He told me how his whole unit was made up of high caliber individuals that he was proud to serve with. He commented on how he can come across as a jerk or seem to be too hard on those around him, and how he believes it comes from his being used to being surrounded by extraordinary individuals. This comment got me thinking. It's been said that you are the average of the five people that you spend the most of your time with, so it makes sense that under the right circumstances, being mediocre can mean that you are in the right place.

This does not mean that we should aim to be mediocre, or not strive for excellence at all. Rather, we should aim to surround ourselves with individuals that push us to be better. As human beings, we tend to only push ourselves to good enough for the current situation. We compare ourselves to those around us. If we don’t have people that push us to do better, we can stagnate.

When you surround yourself with individuals that are better than you, you essentially become the mediocre one. This forces you to try harder so you will not let your team down. You want to pull your weight so you are forced to try and keep up. It makes you work hard. The environment is much more conducive to becoming truly exceptional. Always be on the lookout for people that are better than you at something and try to surround yourself with them.

I am very grateful for my group of friends. My team pushes me to do better in all aspects of my life. It is a race to keep up with them. I benefit greatly from it, and hope my contributions are beneficial to them as well.



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