Thursday, May 21, 2015

Embracing Mediocrity

Too many people and too many businesses just don't see the whole picture.  Some think that if they try to much, what is the point.  Some think that if too much is expected, then it makes them look bad.  Why do people, businesses, governments, and organizations embrace mediocrity?

I've worked with far too many people and places in this.  Its almost like they just want to put in their time, collect some money, and go home.  They take very little or no pride in the quality of what they put out.  Its more about gimme the money and don't ask me to do correctly what it is that you're paying me to do.

I've seen far too many organizations and governments and other places do just enough to get by and not go beyond that.  Its easier to be part of the status quo then to hold expectations of being all that you can be.  Its far easier to just get by, then go above and beyond.

When I was growing up, I saw this in action.  If someone asked a member of my family to move a pile of rocks from the sidewalk, they might pick up the big ones and leave the little ones.  It was almost like this was an acceptable result.  For me, I would have picked up all the rocks and swept the sidewalk.

If you watch people in the healing world, they also settle for mediocrity.  Either the client doesn't want to do what they need to do after leaving a healing session or the practitioner only gives it 75% of what they should have.  Maybe neither wants to go in and do the hard work needed, so they just show up with half of themselves.

I'll never understand mediocrity because I like to take pride in my work.  I don't settle with just below the minimum.  I expect more.  I expect if you get paid to do a job, you do the job.  I don't expect you to do half the job and expect the full pay.

Mediocrity hurts us all.  If you only want to operate at half the person you are, then maybe you need to re-evaluate your life.  If you don't care about the quality of what you put out, do you really care about yourself?  Do you really care about your company or organization or are you just going through the motions.

What you show to the world is a direct reflection of who you are.  Make it a good one, because if you don't, you are short changing your own life and the world around you.

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