Escaping Mediocrity

Road Less Traveled

It's actually a misnomer — if you're doing your own thing, you're not escaping anything, you're just, well… doing your own thing. And I urge you to do that, with every fiber of your being. What I write may be interesting, and at times inspirational, and hopefully for you it stops there, then you're into exploring your own ideas and potential.

It's useful to know your limits — as information, not as a boundary.

Within reasonable terms, the boundaries, the rules, are usually established by those who are looking to make everything conform to the way they think — and average. You're not average, nobody is, don't believe them. Being respectful and decent is a good idea. Beyond that, you should push back.

Believe in you, as hardly anyone else ever will. 

I was saying and doing what I felt I should be exploring before there were blogs — and blog stars, whatever that means to you — and I can tell you that while it will probably not make you popular, it will make you who you want to be without the self-help shelf.

You don't need to achieve to escape mediocrity. All you need is to be who you are, and think independently.

"If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never. And what wine is so sparkling, what so fragrant, what so intoxicating, as possibility!" [Søren Aaby Kierkegaard]

[the road less traveled by c.a. muller]


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0 responses to “Escaping Mediocrity”

  1. Well said. My mom always used to say “Why be normal?” I’ve always taken that to heart because I am not normal nor do I want to be. I am unique, because God made me that way, and it’s up to me to embrace that. When we try to be like everyone else we rob ourselves of who we are supposed to be.

  2. i absolutely needed to read that. i’ve actually first read your blog in 2007 i believe; it was the post on passion with enzo ferrari. i was starting my business plan and the words just fit. once again, here you are. i have the business now, i’m 25 and it’s difficult, but it’s what i’m absolutely committed to- but it’s because of the inspiration i took from those first words about passion that i knew i was doing the right thing…if only for me.
    thanks again, ms. maltoni.

  3. I see lots of people with incredible ideas and potential but lack of self-confidence, with the mental strength necessary to mutate these ideas into action.
    This post is good inspiration for all of us.

  4. @Daniel – a better question might be what is normal? Conforming to whose idea? Granted, as I said in the post, there are reasonable practices and ways to be in a society, or we’d have complete chaos.
    @Tacita – thank you for stopping by and giving up an update on your business. It’s good to hear things have gotten off the ground for you.
    @Gabriele – good way of looking at it, thinking about self-confidence, and sometimes a mentor or someone you trust to give you the extra props you need to go for it.
    @Brian – good.
    @Adam – you’re very welcome.

  5. When I was young, my parents harped on me about making plans for college. When I got done with school, that’s not the route I wanted to go at that time in my life. I worked my butt off, crawled up the ladder in a few different businesses and then for my own reasons, I went to college. The one thing I can say is that I am glad I followed my own heart and did things on my own time. What I learned previous to college still helps me today, more so than anything I ever learned from college. By following my own path instead of the path of someone else, I feel I was better prepared for the way I think and what I want out of life.

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