All credit for the headline (and lovely mental image) goes to Ryan Hanley. I stole it from a line in his inspiring guest post over at Skool of Life (see below for a link to the actual post). Thanks buddy!
The very word makes me sick. Makes me want to slit my wrists, really. It’s a word that should be banned from discourse. Better yet, just strike it from the fucking dictionary altogether. Never to be uttered again.
That sounds pretty good to me. Because I’ve spent too much of my life living in mediocrity. Passing the days with nothing to show for them. Getting closer and closer to my deathbed, yet further and further from the dreams I once held.
How is it that so many of us are just drifting through life, wasting our days doing meaningless work in jobs we neither enjoy nor value? Trading our most precious and limited resource – time – for a meager paycheck that just barely covers our bills and the minimum credit card payments we make for all that useless shit we “needed.”
In essence, we’re trading our very fucking lives for meaningless things. Most of which will have already been buried under a pile of dust long before we’re even gone from this world. Forgotten and never used.
And we accept it as normal. As though that’s how we’re meant to live. Just get through 5 days of the week . . . 5 fucking days of drudgery . . . so that you might live a little for the other two.
What a waste of life.
Yet that’s exactly how most of us choose to live. Yes, choose. We sell away our entire lives, and ask for nothing in return except a paycheck, a couple days a week, and a pile of shit.
Is that all your life is worth? A paycheck and a pile of shit?
Then why the fuck would you ever accept that kind of living?
What’s happening here is that you’ve become stuck on the path of mediocrity. In this day and age, it’s damn near impossible not to. But you’d best find a way to get the hell off it. ‘Cause the only company you’ll find on that road is Misery and Stagnation.
But how do you do it? How do you go from a mediocre life to a life worth living? A life people will remember long after you’re nothin’ but dust and bones.
Well . . .
You gotta find your power. You gotta stop livin’ by other people’s rules. Make your own fucking rules. It’s your life. Live it how you choose. Stop running from fear. Embrace it. Use it. Chase after your fear and it’ll lead you from the path of mediocrity to the path you were meant to travel.
A life of purpose. A life of passion.
Doing shit that means the world to you and those around you. Giving your true worth to the world, and in return, earning the right to live as you choose.
That’s how it was always meant to be.
But you got lost. Mired in self-doubt. And instead of living the life of your dreams, you’ve been living a life of excuses.
Those fucking excuses.
Every excuse is an opportunity wasted. When you’re old and frail, looking back on the trash heap that was your life, you’ll find it littered with excuses, cop-outs, and rationalizations.
Well fuck that! That’s no kind of legacy. No one should prepare to die burdened with the knowledge that, instead of living a life of purpose, passion, and vigor; they’ve abandoned it to the wasteland of mediocrity.
You don’t want that, and I don’t want that for you. So stop with the excuses.
Just fucking stop.
I know there’s more to you than you’ve been lettin’ on. You know there’s more. More than what you’ve shown to the world. Even more than you’ve shown to your closest loved ones.
Success is already in you. It’s always been there, but you’ve become blind to it. You just have to find a way to set it free.
So I’ve compiled for you 5 of the most inspiring posts I’ve ever read. These are the posts that get me fired up, even as I attempt to do the same for you. Do yourself a favor and read every word of every one of them. I’ll even give you a teaser quote from each one.
And I might as well start with the post that inspired the title of this one. Ryan Hanley was contributing to a series about fear. His was the second post in the series, but that was kind of a shame — it should have been saved for last. Because it was the best of the bunch . . .
“ people who brake free from mediocrity aren’t normal…
…they’re radicals, rebels, and rabble-rousers.
They wipe their ass with typical.” – Ryan Hanley
Next up, check out this fucking amazing post by big Cris McCombs. This guy’s got more fire in him than all the flames in hell. Don’t let the title fool you . . . though he’s teaching you how to be a badass, rest assured . . . there’s never been a mediocre badass in the whole damn history of badasses. It’s just not possible.
“Do your part, do everything you fucking can, go after your goals like you have a gun to your head and unless you give it your all, that trigger is gonna get the squeeze…” – Chris McCombs
To give you a taste for what it’s really like when you grab life by the balls and go after your dreams, there’s no one better to tell it like it is than Liz Seda. She’s not afraid to give you the hard truth about chasing success. And she does it with style. Read this post then check out the rest of her blog . . . it’s by far one of the best out there.
“If you want to do anything of worth, you’ll be up to your knees in shit, covered in blisters and painted in bruises.”– Liz Seda
The next post is the one that slapped me in the face and made me question my own habitual patterns. Chad Howse knows all about the escape from mediocrity. Having built himself from scrawny runt to ripped business man, he’s just the guy to give you the inside scoop.
“Take that tenacity into everything you do . . . Into every workout, every article, every day on the job, every fight, battle and war. Take that venomous hatred towards being average to every endeavor. Make it your enemy.” — Chad Howse
I also want to highlight a great comment that was left on Chad’s post. It captured the idea perfectly . . .
We need bumper stickers with that slogan. We need t-shirts emblazoned with it. I want to see that shit spray painted on every wall of every classroom in every school. I await the day when some politician rides that motto all the way to the Whitehouse, with hoards of voters chanting “Fuck Mediocrity! Fuck Mediocrity! FUCK MEDIOCRITY!”
Ok, so yeah . . . I wrote the comment. But it’s damn fitting for this post so I said “Fuck it, I’m puttin’ it here.”
Alright. My final suggestion is to read Alden Tan’s 100th post. I fucking love this one. Life is short, and too many of us miss out on all the amazing things life has to offer. Alden’s done us a favor and listed 100 of those amazing things. Big or small, these are some of the best moments in life. My favorite is number 34, but I ain’t tellin’ — you’ll have to read the post yourself if you want to find out what it is. But I’ll give you a few to whet your appetite . . .
“14) To not follow your heart!”
“30) To wuss out at the last minute.”
“78) To not finally tell that fucker off.”
— Alden Tan
So there you have it. All the motivation you’ll ever need. Enough fucking motivation to change your life forever.
If you listen to what’s being said.
If you can just man the fuck up and apply it.
But if you need a little bit more then I’ll leave you with this . . . it’s another comment from yours truly. I left it over at Dan Erickson’s blog. I was speaking about success, but success and mediocrity are just opposing ends of the balance. The further you lean towards one end, the more you’ll tip the scale in that direction.
So why not tip the scales in favor of success?
“Success isn’t so much the results you see for your efforts. It’s not even necessarily accomplishing what you set out to do. Success is the process. The journey. The mindset.
Success is getting off your ass and gettin’ shit done. It’s giving your best effort in the pursuit of a dream, no matter how long it takes, or how ‘little’ you have to show for it. And it’s getting back up every single time you get knocked down along the way.
True success is defined not by the riches and the fame, but by the pursuit of something greater. It’s forged in the challenge. And it comes only to those who refuse to succumb to the struggle.”
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(Photo by SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget at flickr.)