Average is one of the greatest enemies out there.
If your goal is just to be better than average, you’re not shooting big enough to make a huge impact in your own life or in the lives of others.
The last thing I want to do is to look back on my life, have regrets, and be remembered as someone who lived an average life. Listening to Joel Marion’s podcast, I picked up some tips on avoiding and overcoming the Five Deadly C’s of Mediocrity. If you want to live an extraordinary life, I suggest you keep reading!
Here are five deadly C's along with my key takeaways:
Everyone is dealt different hands in life: bad hands, average hands, good hands, and great hands; everyone is going to fall somewhere in that spectrum. Every one of these situations has its benefits as well as its draw backs.
1. Whatever your circumstances are, you can still be successful no matter what! There’s no set of cards that you can be dealt that will result in no way of achieving success.
2. You have to figure out how to best maneuver and play your hand. It might take longer than if you were dealt a different hand, but you can still figure it out.
You can still win.
3. There are so many people that have been dealt close to nothing, and they played an amazing hand. Others were dealt great hands, and they squandered them. It doesn’t matter where you start, it matters where you finish.
How you play the hand you are dealt is up to you.
Once you have the right people around you, it becomes exponentially easier to continue to progress.
Getting your environment right is a huge step in stretching yourself to achieve big goals that “normal” people won’t understand.
1. Surround yourself with people that are at an income level that you inspire to be at.
2. Surround yourself with people that are doing what you want to do.
3. Put yourself in environments that will push you to level up; surround yourself with people that think big- network yourself into circles you want to be in.
You’re going to deal with criticism at all points- it’s never going to go away. You have to learn how to process it, and take it all with a grain of salt. If something resonates and you feel like it can cause porcine change for you, then absorb it. If not, don’t give it any of your energy.
1. People will criticize you for thinking outside of the box and striving for more.
2. You’ll get criticism from friends and family who feel like you abandoned them. In actuality you’re just trying to do what’s best in order to set yourself up for the rest of your life as well as bring them up with you.
3. People will attempt to discourage you and try to make you accomplishments seem less than that actually are. The more you pay attention to them, the longer it’s going to take you to get where you want to go.
4. Come to the realization that you are in control of your destiny. In the end, everyone else’s opinion isn’t really going to matter.
Spend your energy on the things that are really going to help you progress: dealing with negativity in any way, shape, or form is not going to do that.
Who are you comparing yourself to?
Most of the time, we are comparing ourselves to the mediocre average achievers of the world. There’s a top 1% for a reason. Why compare yourself to the 99% when that isn't the group you are striving to be in?
1. People worry about competition and what everyone else is doing, BUT do you want to be a COMPETITOR? or do you want to DOMINATE?
2. Do you want to be in the same space as everyone else or do you want to be the one that is running the industry?
3. Do you want you want to be the innovator that everyone is copying or do you want to be the one waiting for someone else to come up with ideas?
If you want to be the best, you shouldn’t be looking at anyone but yourself. The reason for this is because you are the one you have to beat every single day.
Think about it like this, who is the person at the top comparing themselves to or competing with?
There’s no competition at the top; your only competitor is yourself!
The greats are never satisfied, they’re always striving for more.
If you’re the top earner in your family or first to go to college. That’s amazing! Celebrate your wins. Next, get back to work and tackle the next challenge. Think about what kind of financial situation you want to be in, do you want to be in a situation where you have to work to pay bills? Or do you want to be in a situation to where you work for enjoyment?
1. Just because you’re at the top now doesn’t mean you’re going to be there tomorrow; you have to always strive to outdo yourself.
2. The only way to stay at the top is to set the bar, and continue to raise it! When you’re at the top, get with people who will help you to level up- “iron sharpens iron”.
The potential for success is infinite; success is not a finite. It is NOT a situation where you have one slice of pie, and once all of the slices are taken... that’s it.
You create another pie or make the pie bigger. If it’s a million dollar industry, strive towards making it a billion dollar industry. If it’s already that, then think trillions.
AWAYS think big, BELIEVE in yourself, and put yourself in the position to WIN!