An Enemy Called Average

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Mediocrities are people who are only average in everything they do. Don't settle for an average life

Average is not something you should strive for. Average is not a goal.

The average is an enemy for me. I don’t want to be the average. I want to be better than the average.

This is a blog series inspired by a book of the same title; "An Enemy Called Average" by John L. Mason.

This book is a collection of nuggets designed to address areas of your life that need improvement and to help you discover your true potential and the call within you.

With this blog series, I will share some nuggets and important lessons I learned from every chapter of the book. So, each chapter of the series will come with an important lesson with the purpose to encourage readers to strive to improve themselves to do better than the average.

I hope along with me, you'll learn how to change your attitude and become excited about living your dreams; find meaning in your story, and live a fulfilled life. Change your world one nugget at a time.

I hope it will inspire you to pursue excellence in everything you do...and to awaken your faith in God with believe and love of self so that you can live the fullest, most fulfilling life imaginable.

Note: We know that it can be hard to stop comparing ourselves to others, but we shouldn’t measure ourselves against our peers. We should compare ourselves to who we were yesterday, not to who someone else might be.

The Chapters of the Series "An Enemy Called Average will be updated here as soon as published

Important things you need to know

  • Mediocre is an enemy of success.

  • Average is the enemy of improvement.

  • We must rise above average and become better or very good or extraordinary at what we do!

  • You have to strive for excellence every day.

  • Successful people don't try to do too much - focus on what's important.

  • Successful people work hard every day to achieve something amazing.

  • People who don't make an effort tend to fail at whatever they try.

  • To succeed you must work hard.

  • If you want to get better at something, you should practice to mastery (or to a satiable level)

  • A person should always strive to be above average.

  • We are not born perfect, but we can become better.

  • Success is a decision, but it takes hard work to make a good decision.

  • People who succeed are those who put in the most effort.

  • Be enthusiastic and optimistic.

  • The average person does not take action to improve themselves.

  • Successful individuals take action to improve themselves, and their lives.

  • Think positively - people with "negative" thoughts cannot be happy, because they don't believe in the positive things. If we want to improve our situation, we must develop positive thinking, and this requires changing our thoughts (mental process).

  • We often judge ourselves based on how we compare ourselves to others.

  • We can be above average regardless of our background.

  • Always try to improve yourself.

  • Don’t let the negatives stop you.

  • Someone with a winning attitude can accomplish anything.

  • Successful people don't wait for opportunities; they create opportunities.

  • If you're a believer; Remember that God has planned for you to accomplish things in this world that others would never dream of doing. God wants you to come to Him and ask Him to show you how he plans to use you. Be patient while you wait for His answer.

  • Lastly, In Genesis 3:9 God asked Adam, "Where are You?" We must ask ourselves the same question every day. Where are you with that goal? Where are you with that skill you want to learn? Where are you with...?

The enemy of success is average (mediocrity)

Let me tell you about the average person. They're the one who does their job as best as they can but never pushes themselves to do more than what they're comfortable with. They put in the hours at work, but never stretch themselves beyond that. They have a good relationship with their partner or spouse but never take it to the next level of commitment or intimacy.

They might be great at some things—like putting together an emergency kit or making sure you have enough food in your refrigerator—but they're not great at anything that matters. And that's okay: most people aren't meant to be great at anything, because greatness requires a certain kind of dedication and sacrifice that most people aren't willing to make.

But here's the thing: despite what you may think about yourself, there is nothing wrong with average—it's just how things are supposed to be! The most successful people are those who were able to find their way into this world without being extraordinary. They were born into an average family, attended an average school system, had average jobs for their entire lives…and yet somehow found themselves standing on top of mountains of success anyway! Why? Because they did something so different from average.

If you want to be successful, you need to be extraordinary. You need to reach for the highest standards in your work and your personal life. And that means not settling for what's average or mediocre.

Average and mediocrity are not just about how much money you make or how many friends you have—they're about what kind of person you are inside and out. They're about whether or not you value yourself as a valuable member of society, and whether or not you believe that what matters most should be happening on your watch rather than at some other time and place.

If we could all just get rid of this idea that we're all supposed to be average and just get down to business, then we wouldn't have any problems! But sadly, it seems like everyone wants to be average.

What it means to be average

The successful individual is the one who will do what the average person will not do.

~ Dexter R. Yager Sr.

Average. Mediocre. Ineffective. It's an enemy of success in every way you can imagine.

Mediocrity is a region bound on the north by compromise, on the south by indecision, on the east by past thinking, and on the west by a lack of vision.

~ John L. Mason

1. Average people don't really stand out, so they can't build followers or fans.

2. Average people don't have a lot of drive and motivation to work hard enough to succeed, so they won't make it far.

3. Average people don't have the skills or knowledge necessary to do what they want to do, so they'll never be able to find success doing that thing anyway!

4. Mediocre people do not want to change because they don't want to improve. They want others to take care of them and never try something new. They prefer to be safe rather than risk failure.

5. And finally, average people get stuck in their place as a "normal" person who just wants to fit in and be happy with their life—they never take any risks or try anything new because they're afraid of being judged for not being good at everything all the time (even if some days it feels like it).

In summary, Average (Mediocre) people do not try hard enough; they do not understand failure; they are afraid to fail; they do nothing significant; they give up on things easily.

So how do we beat this demon? We need to remember that our goal is not necessarily to be amazing at everything, but rather just "good enough" at something important or better than most people think we are! That doesn't mean we should slack off on our goals or give up on ourselves.

Why do people settle for being average?

There are many things that we can do to improve our lives. We can change our lifestyles, learn new skills, make better choices, and start living life differently. But why don’t most people do these things? Why do most of us settle for being average?

Every day millions of people around the world go about their daily routine without ever questioning themselves. We spend hours at work doing the same thing over and over again because we think it's normal. We put up with our bosses who are rude to us, we take out our frustrations on our colleagues, we complain about our clients, and we blame others for how we feel. We’re told to follow rules and regulations, yet we still behave badly. We do what we're supposed to do, but we never really do anything else. We spend our days chasing money, working long hours, and trying to avoid getting fired.

We've got problems, lots of problems, but we still try to act like everything is fine. Our relationships suffer, our financial situations deteriorate, and our health declines. We watch TV, play video games, surf the Internet, and sleepwalk through life. All the while, there's an inner voice telling us that something is wrong. Something is missing. But we ignore it because we aren't exactly sure what it is.

The average person is a mediocre creature who does not realize her true potential. She believes that she is normal and therefore, she lives an ordinary life. However, when you step out of the box and improve yourself, you don't become average. You become exceptional. What makes you extraordinary is that you work hard to achieve greatness.

People who want to improve themselves must constantly strive for greatness. This is why there are so many self-help books out there today. However, you don't need to read dozens of books to learn how to become successful. You just need one book.

The key to success is to know exactly what you want. Once you know what it is, you can start working toward it every single day.

You should always start with knowing your strengths and weaknesses. What do you do well at? What could you improve upon? By identifying your strengths and weaknesses, you can set goals that will help you achieve your dreams.

In Conclusion

I'm going to repeat the bold claim: average is the enemy of success.

I know, I know. It sounds like a cliche, but hear me out! It's not that average people are boring or unexceptional - it's that they're probably lazy or afraid. They don't want to go the extra mile. They'd rather settle for what's easy and safe than try something new and challenging.

And that's where you come in: when you allow yourself to be mediocre, you're giving up your shot at greatness! You're saying "no" to opportunities for growth and learning that would help you get closer to your goals—and that's just not right!

You have a choice: do you want to be average? Or do you want to be an awesome person who takes on challenges? It's up to YOU which one it is—and if being average is more comfortable than trying new things and growing, then it's time for someone else to step up and take over!

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The world is full of so many distractions that it appears as if they are designed to keep people in a mediocre state. However, we need to strive extra hard to achieve extra ordinary results.

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But many have given up on 'striving'. And seem to settle for average. Just the same routine, the same result, without progress.

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