Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Kneeling as if controlled by a central computer

Look around. Mediocrity isn’t just rewarded, it’s demanded. 

Our society worships incompleteness, celebrates stupidity, encourages negativity and retweets cynicism. Marginally talented people get fame they don’t deserve, land gigs they don’t earn, make money they don’t work for and achieve success they don’t sweat for. 

Why? 

Because mediocrity is safe and relatable. And that’s the very problem. We’ve been conditioned to blend in and bow to the common will, to march in lockstep with our culture and to live within the lines drawn by others. And unless we crawl out of our comfy boxes and put down the security blanket of conformity, we’ll never find out who we really are. We’ll never find a home for all of our talents. 

I was fortunate enough to grow up in an entrepreneurial family, which helped inspire the confidence that I could survive outside the corporate womb. And so, I barreled toward an unconventional career path with complete single mindedness. I spun my work out of myself, discovered its own laws and trained myself to act without feeling dependent on circumstances, without having to wait for events to align in my favor. 

And what I learned in the process is, there is no prize for the one who leaves his canvas clean. There is no reward for the man who outsources his conscience. Hire yourself and see what happens. 

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