On Mediocrity

Mediocrity was a word that doesn’t seem to affect me before. It was the status quo that I thought I should live about. I thought it was the safety net that would keep you on your game.

But somehow, when you finish a project with a mediocre effort, it doesn’t seem to satisfy my high standards.

If there are two enemies that I still try to combat in my life until now, it’s procrastination and mediocrity. Procrastination though was something I get to control somehow at the very least. I get to fight it with dignity.

Always Get Things Done. That’s an article I have written few years back to improve my procrastinating self. But mediocrity was different. It’s much difficult to deal with. It’s like running in my blood. But, I come to realize that it’s not mediocrity that causes my grief. It’s my lack of motivation. It’s laziness. It’s dependency to other people and the lack of belief to oneself.

I keep on asking why, to know what causes it and as I do, I realize, I am not mediocre. I always do my best in everything and it was just my high standards that made me believe I am. In everything I do, I always follow my heart. Maybe, its all about comparing my achievement to other people that would touch my ego, thus made me conclude I am mediocre.

I realize mediocrity would arise if you don’t lay all your cards, if you keep yourself on the safe side and just be content and would not strive for high ideals.

I may have suffered mediocrity in my eyes but what’s important is for you to defy the norms and always try your very best in every situation.

Mediocrity is the result of a half-hearted man.

What is Grit?

Grit is passion and perseverance for long-term goal. Stamina.Sticking with your future. Grit is living life like a Marathon, not a sprint.

There are many talented individuals who simply do not follow through on their commitments. In fact, in our data, grit is usually unrelated or even inversely related to measures of talent.

– Angela Lee Duckworth

I’ve always been a firm believer of working with passion and this just validated what I had always thought of. It is not the IQ or talent that can make you successful but your willingness to fail and your commitment to your dreams.

One of my vows for this year would be to watch more motivational talks like this. Consider this as the start of sharing more motivation talks of different people from all over the world.

How I Found My Passion

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Fire Dancer In The Dark Stock Photos - Image: 7996853Just like everyone else, I struggled so long to find what I really wanted to do and until now, it keeps on changing and nothing has been constant in my life ideas.

It has been a long walk.

It wasn’t easy. I was mediocre and I had really struggled and prayed hard for it.

I kept looking for it on the outside. Comparing myself to everyone else in the room, looking for role models and trying to become them in some ways.

I never thought of looking and searching for it within me.

I tried to look for that uniqueness that I can offer and stick with it.

But, how did I finally said, “Yes, this is what I really want and this is who I am.”

I imagined myself 60 years from now. (I’ll be 85 years old by then)

If I’m still alive, I know that I’ll be very weak physically and I will be a neglected individual already because I’d be incapable of doing things by myself and can be considered a liability to others.

It’s kinda depressing for I don’t want to be perceived as “useless”. Nevertheless, it’s a part of life that one should accept.

I just thought, at that age, “What could I be thinking and what could I be doing?”

Things started to set it.

I wanted to write a lot of things and when that time comes, I’ll re read them over and over again. (And thus, the birth of this blog).

One thing I want to achieve by then: I don’t want to regret anything.

By imagining it, I have seen what my heart truly desires and what kind of story would I like to look back and what kind of life would I like to create now, so, by that time, I can just be happy reminiscing them.

By then, I told myself “Don’t fool yourself with outward pride and society’s standard of success. Just do your own genius.”

Why do you need to know your passion? Click HERE.