One of my earliest mentors told me one day that
when we focus into excellence, life is much easier. “You only compete against 5% of the people,” he said. If we
apply the Pareto Principle, we will conclude that it is actually just 4% of the people who are focusing in
excellence. That is the 20% of the best 20%. Meaning: 20% of people work towards being better than others, while
only 20% of them will set their goal high enough to become excellent. Here the question is: Are you willing to
go the distance to achieve Excellence?
These two are the strongest supporters of
Mediocrity: Tolerance and Conformity; actually they both are always
fighting the origination rights of Mediocrity.
Our talk here will mainly be focused on fighting
those two indispensable ingredients of mediocrity. In reality there may be a few more ingredients, but it
suffices to get away from Tolerance and Conformity to achieve a much better position in every profession, life
condition, or activity. Do not take me wrong please: many mediocre people are very happy. That happiness stays
with them for as long as they do not take a look at what they are missing by doing nothing about
Powell, a great strategist that I admire, wrote these valuable
The less you associate
with “some people,” the more your life will improve.
Any time you tolerate
mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity.
An important attribute in
successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.
As you grow, (the quality
of) your associates will need to change.
Some of your friends will
not want you to go on. They will want you
to stay where they are.
Friends that don't help
you climb will want you to crawl.
Your friends will stretch
your vision or choke your dream.
Those that don't increase
you will eventually decrease you.