Why Be Remarkable When Being Mediocre Is Required

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Being remarkable requires adaption

Being remarkable requires the ability to change, grow and adapt oneself to an ever-changing world. Why is it perceived to be so hard to effect change? Invariably, the reason you're pitching change is to do something for the better. Who really proposes a change to make something worse? Nobody.

The reason change is perceived to be hard is that it's almost always resisted. Why? Well, it introduces the unexpected. It introduces variables and the unpredictable. It rocks the boat and who likes to see the boat rocked? Your boss, your teacher, your parents, your colleagues?

It’s not surprising there is a lot of resistance to change in the workplace. The whole system was designed with stability and predictability in mind.

The demand for mediocrity and why it's good

There is a more sinister reason change is resisted. Resistance to change points to a reality rarely spoken about.

As creative genius Paul Arden puts it, "There is little demand in the commercial world for excellence. There is a much, much bigger demand for mediocrity."

I love this quote as it so succinctly describes the way things are. Just take a look around. It seems the most important thing is keeping things the way they are - maintaining the status quo.

For creative people this is a good thing. If everything was exceptional and awesome, we'd get bored.

The creative person needs something to rebel against. It’s in our nature.

Mediocrity gives us something to fight about and feel alive about. It also gives us a chance to excite our customers. The reason we love rebels and disruptors is that they do things we would love to do. It’s titillating to witness. Just think about the "Think Different" Apple advert. It presents the path of the crazy ones. There would be no crazy ones if not for mediocrity. If not for mediocrity we would not have had Ghandi, Einstein, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali..........

The reason 10 million people subscribe to James Altucher's blog is simple: He breaks the rules. He rants against the system, government, power brokers, banks, education and cultural brainwashing......yes everything that defines mediocre and keeps us limited, playing within its confines.

How hard is change?

Is change actually hard? Who told you change is hard? It's not. Massive change like having children seems to be taken on quite easily. When it comes to the push people change jobs. People buy houses. People move countries. People start businesses and pull off amazing feats.

If you want to change you will. Where there is a will there is a way. So keep rocking!

Change is as hard as you want it to be. You can start a new eating plan, a new attitude, and a new networking group and a new approach to things you do. What is hard is maintaining the status quo. It requires daily effort.

Being remarkable is possible due to mediocrity

What change do you want to see in your work? I think work and business can be creative, a blast, a growth experience and a journey of lifelong learning and surprise. But such rewards will only be yours if you learn to approach your career with progressive belief about what you can do. You can effect change you want to see.

This starts right now. Do it for you. Choose yourself. Light the fire. Picture yourself as world class

It’s not how good you are. It’s how good you want to be. Once the fire is lit assume there is no going back. The bridge is burnt. The hardest part is deciding. This is the 99% hurdle.

OK, you've started and now you return to your desk and your boss and your inbox! How does your world class alter-ego hack this? Only you know, and trust that you do. Act it out, in a small way. When people start looking at you oddly, you'll know you're on the right track. You're doing your thing and you've achieved a little victory in the right direction. Their misfortune is that they have not figured it out for themselves.

This determined mindset is an all or nothing deal. Make it. And then you start working like the devil to keep your spirits up. Failing this is what will make you beat a retreat back to mediocrity.

Who do you do good work for? Not for anyone but you. Why do you deliver such remarkable value? Because you can. Being remarkable is the only way you'll compete and the best way to compete is not to compete at all.

Mediocrity is the basis for us being able to be remarkable. Don't go loathing it. Embrace it and get started. Lets go boat rockers!

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