Are You Living an Unexceptional Life? 3 Steps to Reach Success

There is a reason why the vast majority of us are what we consider to be “average.”

There’s nothing too exceptional about us. We’re not interesting, but many of us are in denial. We say one thing, but in reality, we lead typical lives with no real direction. We just live, and then we die. Nothing extraordinary happens. The thing is, that’s not truly living.

Nobody wants to be average, but many of us are afraid to be anything else. We don’t want to fail, therefore, we simply don’t try. Most people tend to think they’re above average because they fear living a boring life, but most are average — that’s why it’s called being average. Before doing anything else, look at things for what they really are. Statistically, you are likely a very average individual. There, of course, are going to be exceptions, but they are very few and far between — that’s why these people are above average.

1. Reflect

To get out of this life of mediocrity, you must reflect. Reflect on your life and what you’ve done with your time here. You must strive to be something more. This means you need to take chances without fear of failure or of being ridiculed. You will never achieve your dreams any other way. This is the main difference between ordinary people and extraordinary people.

2. Be Determined

Nobody wants to be laughed at or judged for their failures, but you’ll have to try and fail many times before you actually get anywhere. You need determination. When others try to pull you down and discourage you, shake it off and forge ahead, leaving the others behind in the dust. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t help people get out of their ruts, and that you should simply leave them to run through life blindly while you move forward, laughing in their face at their normalcy. That’s not what I mean at all.

What I’m saying is that you need to have faith in your own abilities and, against all odds, achieve a fulfilling life even when others are laughing in your face. Prove them wrong, and maybe they’ll see your incredible success and be inspired to do something great with their life too.

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
— Confucius

3. Be a Leader, Not a Follower

Most people are followers. They follow those that they look up to — authority figures, teachers, celebrities, etc.

This isn’t to say that we can’t have sources of inspiration and influence. Everybody is influenced, whether it’s directly or indirectly. There is nothing wrong with following in somebody else’s footsteps, but eventually, you are going to have to deviate from that path and create your own. Nobody wants to have their personal identity taken over. Don’t do that — no matter how much you idolize an individual. Be the best you that you can be, and others will want to follow in your footsteps.

In short, you need to actually want change for it to happen. If you work hard and try new things without seeking the approval of others, you’re on the right path. Don’t let anyone dishearten you, no matter how unlikely things seem for you. Pave your own path, and be willing to take chances to reach your ultimate goal.

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
— Andre Gide
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