June 12, 2003.
You can resign yourself to being average or you can dare to dream.
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
A lot of people are quite satisfied being just plain average. These Average Joes live an average life not doing or having a whole lot more or a whole lot less than the other folks they associate with. By and large, theyre basically stuck right smack dab in the middle of the pack; a little better off than some, not as good as others. And being average seems to be perfectly A-OK with them.
How about you? Are you leading an average life, where you are basically doing average things and generating average results? And if so, are you content with this average, run of the mill lifestyle or do you yearn for something much bigger and better?
To aim at excellence, our reputation, and friends, and all must be ventured; to aim at the average we run no risk and provide little service.
Lets face it, being average doesnt require much of an effort. As a matter of fact, some of the laziest people on earth still somehow manage to bat about average. And being average certainly doesnt require a heck of a lot of discipline. Lack of commitment has long been the calling card of the average crowd. When you get right down to it, being average doesnt really require much of anything at all. Thats why they call it AVERAGE.
Is this the way you want to live slacking your way through an average life? Doing what everyone else does, having what everyone else has? Of course not. You want something more. And thats going to require a better than average effort; an all out commitment to excellence in everything you think, say and do. It is just the little difference between the good and the best that makes the difference between the artist and the artisan. It is just the little touches after the average man would quit that makes the master's fame.
Orison Swett Marden
Andrew Carnegie said, The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%. Are you willing to step up and put your very best to the test? Are you prepared to lay it all on the line?
When youre ready to give life an all out, 100% effort day in and day out, youll quickly leave that average life in your rear view mirror. A winner like you should never be content with being just average. After all, being average is as close to hitting the bottom as it is to reaching the top. Since youre already half way there, why not go ahead and shoot for the stars?
"RISK MORE than others think is safe.
CARE MORE than others think is wise. DREAM MORE than others think is practical.
EXPECT MORE than others think is possible."
So whats it going to be? Are you going to start demanding more out of life or will you be willing to settle for less? Will you live a life of excellence or will you be satisfied with just barely squeaking by?
Why not elect to break away from your average surroundings and seek to make your life everything it could be and more? Instead of living an ordinary, common, run of the mill existence; why not start living your life the way you were born to live it in an extraordinary, exceptional, way above average fashion?
The Bottom Line: A little extra here and there can take you virtually anywhere.
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