Mediocrity is the greatest enemy to progress. If you want to soar in this life, you have to reject any and all notions of complacency. Complacency will keep you in the realm of ordinary when it was predestined for you to breach conventional barriers. Genius is not reserved for just a few; it is in all of us. The power to achieve extraordinary things has been bestowed upon each and every individual. The challenge then comes for us to take what we have, to invest in it and to multiply it in this life. You cannot achieve this by giving in to mediocrity.
Here’s a story told by Saint Matthew as it is written in The Holy Bible that confirms this prophecy…
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
I’m sure there are many interpretations of this bible story out there, but I believe it is a warning of sorts for us to object the mediocre life. It is an admonition to be innovative with the gifts that we have all been given. To take risks, to produce, to create.
In the parable, the servant with one talent believed that if he took a risk and invested his talent that he would lose it. He took what he thought was the realistic approach, but it was an approach that was birthed out of fear. His fear-based thinking caused him to give in to mediocrity as he hides his endowment in the sand. Yes, he preserved the little that he had, but he also solidified the fact that he would never create, receive or earn anything more than that! That is what mediocrity will do to you. What a waste.
The other servants did the exact opposite. The story doesn’t say, but I believe it never occurred to them to settle for what they had. They were passionately pursuing their dreams with little hesitation. They took risks. They diversified their portfolios. They looked for opportunities to double their investments. They got creative. They got to work with the faith-based mentality that they would do and be more. The result was that they achieved great success and was honored for it by their master.
Mediocrity is the safe approach to life, but it gets you no rewards (psychological or physical), accolades or respect. Mediocrity will cause you to lose what gifts you have just like the servant with the one talent. You will leave this life having not accomplished what it is you were predestined to achieve. That is also a waste.
So, object the notion; violently protest being ordinary; and embrace your exceptional nature. You are not ordinary. You have extraordinary abilities waiting to be invested. Take what you have been given and multiply it by giving it to the world. The results you will experience will be astonishing for it is also written that what you give out is what you shall receive in return. Don’t give in to mediocrity. Go… be bold. Go… be extraordinary. The time is now.