September 15, 2008
Mediocrity versus excellence
This is why something needs to change – and instead of demanding it from everyone else it has to start with us. As Herbert Spencer aptly spoke, “The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.”
After all, at the end of the day it’s about taking a coat when it looks like it’s chilly outside. You can choose not to, it’s true, but don’t whine when you get cold. Life’s about choices.
Mediocrity is easy. Excellence is hard.
I find inspiration everywhere. In the actions – the poor choices – of my fellows.
They constantly eat crap and wonder why they’re unhealthy? Inspiration to exercise more often and constantly evaluate what I eat.
Their entire day ruined due to a crippling hangover from the night before? Inspiration to exercise self control and restrict what I drink.
They spend considerable amounts of time enveloped within a virtual world while barely functioning in the real world? Inspiration to read, think, discuss, write, create.
This thought process has become easier over time. “What could I be achieving right now?” is the question at the back of my mind.
The way I see it – we’re here for 80 years. Maybe less, maybe more. Best to make the most of it, right?
Funny how the first connotation we tend to have with that phrase is partying, socialising, hedonism, affluence.
Life’s about choices. Since most people are happy with mediocrity, I choose excellence.
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