Do you ever get sick of being mediocre?
You don’t get up in the morning and think “I want to be mediocre today and just bow to the world” but for some reason, the day and a lot of the work you do ends up feeling mediocre. Gotta change that!
Here are some places I personally find mediocrity showing up:
- When people—such as the occasional client—wimp out on adding contrast and dramatic interest to publications. Result: boring.
- When members of the orchestra start leaving the stage before the applause has stopped. Result: poor audience experience.
- When a day goes by with countless, trivial pursuits instead of focusing on one or two important pursuits. Result: work life feels empty and bland.
- When I see “leaders” who don’t lead but are just putting in time. Result: mediocre organizations and companies.
The list goes on and on.
Why do we choose the mediocrity route instead of making everything we do “WOW”?
I think when we try to be WOW, we are afraid we will rock the boat. We have to start choosing more of what excites us or at least finding the ways to make what we already do a lot more “WOW.”
When you try for “WOW” in your work, you may fail. People will probably laugh at you or criticize you. Good, let them. So what.
If you aren’t doing “WOW” in your art or within your arts organization, how will you ever expect to have something worth marketing that anyone will care about?
What are you doing that makes you feel “WOW” and gets rid of mediocrity? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.