Posts Tagged ‘mediocrity’

Kayla Cruz shares some amazing insights as a recent college graduate and her experience in the workplace. Her drive to become the best she can be is an inspiration. A great post to share with my readers.

Gen Y Girl

Let me start off by saying that I’m a huge fan of these Ted Talks.

I saw this one today and thought I’d share.

Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think, Inc., researches and teaches about positive psychology.

Positive psychology… It seems to be a topic of great interest lately.

There are thousands of books teaching people things like how to be happy… how to make the best out of really crappy situations… that your attitude determines your success.

Well it does, but that’s not what I want to write about at the moment.

Achor makes many great points in his talk, but the one that I really loved was his emphasis on the fact that we need to stop focusing on the average (start the video at about 4 mins).

You see, when it comes to business and success, it’s no secret that some people and some companies are…

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“I have had the privilege of analyzing several thousand men and women, 98% of whom were classed as ‘failures.’ There is something radically wrong with a civilization, and a system of education, which permit 98% of the people to go through life as failures…My analysis work proved that there are thirty major reasons for failure, and thirteen major principles through which people accumulate fortunes.”

Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich, 1938

I stand amazed that through all the changes we have been through in the last 74 years, what Napoleon Hill wrote still rings true today. We have a culture where only a few people do something extraordinary while the masses continue down the road of mediocrity. What is the cause for this disparity? I believe we will find it is the same 30 reasons Napoleon discovered through his analysis years ago for this difference.

Rather than list out all 30 of the major causes in one post, I will break this down into five posts over the next 6 weeks. As you read through these causes, take a look inside yourself to see if any of them are holding you back from success. Be advised that each of these major causes of failure can be corrected.

  1. “UNFAVORABLE HEREDITARY BACKGROUND” – Napoleon points out that those born with a “deficiency in brain power” can do little to correct this on their own easily. If one were to recognize this as being a cause, they could make sure they implement the principle of the Master Mind. Rather than give up because of a hereditary cause, one can surround themselves with others who will provide the necessary knowledge to pursue their dream. This is the ONLY cause in the list that an individual may not be able to easily correct.
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  2. “LACK OF A WELL-DEFINED PURPOSE IN LIFE” – If someone were to ask you, what is your goal in life? Could you answer that question? The majority of people could not answer that question. Perhaps it is the reason Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose Driven Life, has sold over 30 million copies and has been translated into multiple languages. Although coming from a Christian world view, his book is reaching to a core desire of a person, to know their purpose in life.
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    I am reminded of an audio recording I listened to over and over by Zig Ziglar on Goals.He said in that recording, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” The recording was created to encourage the listeners to establish goals that will give them a purpose, something to go after. If you do not have a well-defined purpose, it may be one of the reasons for your lack of success.This is easily corrected by taking time to find your purpose. Write it down. Flesh it out with descriptive adjectives to give your mind a clear mental image of you living out your purpose.
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  3. “LACK OF AMBITION TO AIM ABOVE MEDIOCRITY” – There is not much hope for the person who has no desire to move ahead in life. To achieve success in any area of life, one must invest in themselves to rise above mediocrity. To do otherwise is to pay the price for a life lived below one’s potential. There is a point in time where someone may begin to feel the pain of living the life that they have and at least acknowledge they want something better. However, if the pain of staying where they are becomes routine, then nothing will be done. When the pain becomes to much to bear, change will begin to happen. Don’t wait for the pain of mediocrity to set in.
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  4. “INSUFFICIENT EDUCATION”– Some of the brightest minds today are self-educated individuals. While we have many avenues to pursue a formal education, that doesn’t guarantee one knowing how to use the knowledge they have. The difference between those who achieve levels of success and those who don’t isn’t a degree but the application of the knowledge they have acquired.
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    What was the last book you read? Have you sought out more training in your area of specialty or a skill you want to develop? What are you dong to apply the knowledge you have? Just a small investment in your own education consistently over time will reward you over time.
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  5. “LACK OF SELF-DISCIPLINE”– Self-mastery may be one of the toughest challenges we face. A person who does not learn the discipline of self-control will find themselves among those living in mediocrity. When you know that you need to spend time reading that book but choose instead to watch the news or you need to say no to that second helping but eat it anyway, you are not being in control.
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    The person we face in the mirror may be the most difficult person to work with. Self-control is the key to learning self-discipline. Take an inventory of areas in your life that you have not disciplined yourself to reach a higher level of success. What is one area that you can begin to exercise self-control? Begin there and then tackle the next. When you begin to control yourself, you will be able to take better control of situations and the conditions that will lead you to success.

Take some time to do an inventory on your life. Are any of these causes holding you back? If so, take time to make a positive change that will put you in the 2% of people who are successful and LIVING their dream.