Why Mediocrity is Addicting

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I saw this tweet the other day from John that made me think a minute.

See at first I started to say, “ya me too, I am tired of mediocrity and its mediocrityness” but then I realized

I love mediocrity

Mediocrity calls me to settle
Mediocrity calls me to play it safe
Mediocrity calls me to be content with little
Mediocrity calls me to do nothing

Mediocrity is not sexy or even something to be desired, but it is easy and doesn’t call for much.

For someone who is afraid of failure, mediocrity might just be the best thing to be.

How do you reject mediocrity?


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • http://theperkinsblog.net Michael

    I saw that tweet and it inspired me.

    I have been working on a message dealing with that subject.

    So tired of the mundane mediocre.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      That sounds like it is going to be a great sermon.
      Will it be recorded?
      Can you share it on your blog?

      I would love to link to it after you have presented it.

      • http://theperkinsblog.net Michael

        I don’t know when I will get to preach it. But it should be recorded.

        I can definitely send you the outline/transcript when it’s completed though if you like.

        • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

          ya definitely. just let me know

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  • http://mrshields.com Adam Shields

    I saw the tweet too and responded back to it negatively. I understand your response, but I think that one of the issues with our world is that we do not always know what is important to be excellent. If you have a personal blog that gets 100 page views a week you probably should not be spending $1000 a week to insure it never goes down with the best redundant servers, etc.

    I think a most of the time mediocre is fine because the tasks we are doing are not our prime focus. I know that some say the opposite that we should focus on the excellent with the small thing because that will help us be excellent for the big. Maybe that works for them, but it doesn’t work for me. I have to prioritize because I just do not have enough time and energy to excel in everything I do.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com Kyle Reed

      I agree with you.
      I definitely think mediocre can really hold you back as well as the opposite with excellent and hoping to do something excellent (like you analogy with a blog).

      I think my main issue is that mediocrity holds me back from being excellent at anything. Mainly because I like mediocrity over the work of excellence.

  • http://8bit.io Tom

    The answer to that question is “definitely, me too.” No one wants to be mediocre or deal with mediocrity.

    But I think that, in our culture, people often mistake boredom for mediocrity. I feel the least mediocre when I’m busy.

  • http://twitter.com/GrayRobertson1 Graham Robertson

    Reject OK because OK is the enemy of greatness.