Who said?

August 26, 2010

out-standing, by GPC on FlickrA post inspired by a looong drive across the Midwest recently, and it’s all about…Average. Why is Average something that people are ok with? Or, stated a bit clearer – why is Average something that people think they HAVE to be ok with?

Let’s try this: You – yes, you – don’t have to be ok with average. It’s your choice. Who said you had to?

You don’t have to accept the fact that, well, the average person just kinda puts up with their job. Disliking your job is, you know, normal.

You don’t have to accept the fact that the average American gets sick every winter – or three times every winter – or once a month – or whatever.

You don’t have to accept the fact that you can kinda pay your bills every month. That you’re not saving nearly as much as you’d hoped – or none at all. But hey, that’s ok, that’s the same situation the average person is in.

You don’t have to accept the fact that if something is uncomfortable, it’s bad. People can’t change – they can’t better themselves or change directions or quit their job – that’s not normal, you say!

False assumptions.

You don’t have to accept any of these things. You can, if you wish. But you don’t HAVE to.


  • Carrie

    Well said.

    I believe another case for why it is crucial to surround yourself with above average people who will constantly challenge themselves as well as you.

    • http://www.anniesorensen.com Annie Sorensen

      Ohh, fantastic point, Carrie. Agreed.

  • http://twitter.com/jamesandamber JamesAmber Hernandez

    You have to see greatness to achieve it. A shift in your circle of influence is key if you want to get away from all of the average folks in your life. Find those who are doing, going, being what you want and “friend” them “like” them be with them!

    • http://www.anniesorensen.com Annie Sorensen

      I agree, James. You know what they say about the definition of insanity. It's funny/sad/fascinating to me how people say they have these big dreams and goals yet continue to surround themselves with people that don't represent those accomplishments in any way.

  • Jamie

    Great thought-provoking blog post Annie and great comments to follow. It's amazing how many people just accept the attitude of “that's the way it is” about many things and accept being mediocre at best. They should hang out with you everyday…that would give them a mental midshift! :)

    • http://www.anniesorensen.com Annie Sorensen

      And that is why I love you, my dear! Because YOU give ME a positive mental mindshift! :)

  • http://LouMindar.me Lou Mindar

    Good post, Annie! I'm with you on the whole “average” thing. I figured out years ago that if I compare myself to average people, I get average results. Problem is, I don't want average results. I want spectacular results.

    There's an old saying that covers this. If you shoot for the moon and miss, at least you'll still end up in the stars. But if you never aim for the moon, you'll only be average (I made up the last part :-))

    • http://www.anniesorensen.com Annie Sorensen

      lol! :)

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  • Cheryl

    Once you get the bug for living with passion, being average is just no longer an option! Great post Annie!

    • http://www.anniesorensen.com Annie Sorensen

      “the bug” –> ha, love it.

  • http://bigfoot-creative.com/ Abby

    It's this kind of thinking that really inspired me to make the move to going into self employment! I've always been a firm believer in if you do what you love you won't work a day in your life.

    Keep up the inspiring and insightful posts!

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