Friday, April 02, 2010

Mediocrity


There are two things that I have come to learn, common sense is not that common and good enough never is.


Every evening at work, after the last customer has been trained and towels have been rolled, we tidy up the training floor. For those of you that do not personally know me understand that the television character I am most similar to when it comes to cleanliness is Monica from Friends. I believe that everything has a place, and should be put in its place in a neat, and orderly fashion. And, every evening I walk by this one piece of equipment, that has multiple pieces and see it tossed in the corner where it belongs. And, every evening I stop and neatly stack the pieces in the corner.


Except for one night - it was a long day and on my walk to the door I looked down, saw the pieces strewn about and continued to walk on by. The person I was leaving with looked at me and said, 'Aren't you going to tidy it up?' I turned, and replied, 'Every night I walk by, stop, and tidy these up. I'm tired, I want to go home, and it's not that big of a deal,' and I continued to make my way to the door to leave. He looked at me, and said, 'It's a slippery slope, once you start letting the little things go, and it becomes easier and easier to settle for mediocrity.'


That night, we turned around, went back, and neatly stacked the pieces in the corner. Did we have to? No. Did it make a difference? Probably not to anyone else, but what I learned made a difference to me. Once you have given yourself permission to settle for mediocrity it becomes easy to convince yourself that good enough is okay. Good enough is never enough. To settle for mediocrity simple means you are willing to live beneath your abilities, capabilities, gifts and talents and what I learned that night was that I am not, the question is, are you?

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