I have frequently used this quote with my two daughters, since they both were very young, to explain to them that you can’t go through life and expect that by doing the bare minimum that you can that you will live anything other than an ordinary, average life; not that there’s anything wrong with being “average” or “ordinary”. In my humble opinion and based upon my personal experiences, in order to get ahead and to fully enjoy all the opportunities and possibilities that life has to offer, you have to dare to be extraordinary and above-average!
I recently also shared this quote with the fellow members of my Master Mind Group and it apparently resonated with them too based on the number of subsequent positive comments that they’ve made to me about it. With that in mind, I decided that this quote was going to be the subject of my very first blog for my upcoming book: “THE Underwear Entrepreneur” (and NO, I DON’T sell underwear!). This quote, more than any other expresses my personal feelings about both business and life. I’m presently living a very blessed life because I was, and continue to be, willing to go above & beyond and NOT be satisfied with merely being “average”.
The following is from a good friend of mine, Trevor McGregor, who is a fellow entrepreneur in Vancouver, BC, and is also a member of my Master Mind Group. These comments that he recently sent to me express my personal sentiments about “going above & beyond”:
For some reason, that quote has stayed with me this past 15 days and I was reminded of it again when I received an email today from a professional speaker I follow named Simon Bailey. Simon is a FORMER Disney Executive who talks about stepping outside of your comfort zone and creating the best “YOU” possible. Here is an excerpt from him that I thought you might find inspirational. Enjoy.
“As I look around the world, there is a gravitational pull to be average, common, just plain ole regular. The reality is that anyone and anything that has made an impact or left an undeniable imprint refused to be ordinary. The longer I live and the more I travel, I see men and women playing it safe and living beneath their potential. I observe people with unbelievable gifts, raw ability, and uncommon talents who settle for what life has given to them instead of striving for who they were meant to be.
Oftentimes people show up to a place of work to collect a check. However, people who show up to shift the conversation, shift market share, shift the thinking, and shift results are the ones who are promoted and have a seat at the table. If you are not shifting how you do what you do, then you will be shifted. How do I know? It happened to me. Now is the moment and now is the time to stand up and SHIFT or be shifted! There is no room for average thinking, average living and average results. Kick butt or be kicked in the butt as the door hits you on your way out.
Shift happens when the shifted decide to become the shifter! A shifter is a man, woman, or organization that is “IN IT TO WIN IT.” Anything less is common, unfulfilling and unrewarding. If you don’t love your job or business, then fire yourself. Get out of the way; there are a ton of people in the current job market waiting to take your place. They are hungry, desperate to add value, and make a significant contribution.
Some of you who are reading these words right now have “QUIT IN PLACE!” You are stuck in neutral, waiting for things to shift, but it won’t shift until you shift. Now, I challenge you to get unstuck by shaking the negative dust of limited thinking off of your shoulders. Shift baby, shift. You will be fine. It’s your time and your moment.”
Dare to achieve what we’re all capable of by going above & beyond what is expected of us and never, ever “settle” for mediocrity!
“Aspire to inspire before you expire” – Anonymous