“The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.” –Albert Einstein
I’ve lived it.
Like so many of us have.
Don’t make waves. Stay between the lines.
When I was in elementary school it was drummed into me from grade one on.
Don’t be too different. Don’t be creative. Don’t show off. Stay in line. Don’t look at me like you’re seeing the real me. Put on a mask like the rest of us.
And that was from the kids. My peers.
“Mediocrity usually condemns everything that exceeds his understanding.” –La Rouchfoucauld
So what’s a person to do?
Be mediocre because, who do you think you are anyway.
Be content to push your thoughts and feelings aside so that everyone else can feel comfortable.
“You are born into Genius… why have you resigned yourself to mediocrity?” –Robin Sharma
It took me a long time to realize that I can actually take the walls of my protective box down.
I wasn’t sure, I mean, it seemed really dangerous.
And that’s when courage steps in.
The courage to step out of mediocrity and do the uncommon.
The courage to see through the lens of the unknown.
The courage to hear with all my senses what my soul had been saying for so long.
Most of us live in mediocrity all our lives without ever knowing the freedom that comes from letting the walls around us crumble.
The clarity from taking off the mask.
How could we? After all, we’ve all been through the same training.
Yes, stepping into the uncommon is uncomfortable. Beyond uncomfortable, really.
I felt completely exposed.
Yet, at the same time, I never felt more myself. I welcomed the real me back into my heart.
The uncommon is where Genius happens. It’s when we become who we came here to be.
“The uncommon man is merely the common man thinking and dreaming of success in larger terms and in more fruitful areas.” –Melvin Powers
We’re on this amazing planet with our own unique perspectives. No two of us sees the world the same way.
How did we ever believe we could all live the same, learn the same, pray the same, BE the same?
The uncommon is a zone that leads to new inventions, better ideas, wiser science, kinder business.
“Success is uncommon and not to be enjoyed by the common man. I’m looking for uncommon people because we want to be successful, not average.” –Tony Dungy
Here’s the catch.
You can’t get to the uncommon until you’ve been courageous enough to honestly look into what drives you — what’s packed into the back in the suitcase of your personality.
The systems that are running in the background and you’re barely aware of them.
This is not an easy thing to do on your own.
Find a mentor. Someone who will guide you gently into the unknown.
Someone who’s been through the fire and has risen as the phoenix.