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In Defense of Mediocrity

The Half Moon

We have all been challenged to be the best we can be. We hear all the time to pursue excellence. I agree we should be the best we can be and pursue excellence.

However, we can’t all excel, not all are going to be outstanding at what they do. I have to say there is something to be said for mediocrity. It works, it keeps people functioning. Mediocrity is what keeps the world going so some people can excel.

I for one excel at Mediocrity. I know many others who do the same. I’m not excellent at anything. I’m mediocre at almost everything. But I make a difference. I’m a writer with 5 blogs, none excel all are mediocre. I’m a photographer, hey guess what anyone who points a camera and clicks is a photographer. I will never be a world class photographer at best I am mediocre. Yes, the sky replacement in bad, mediocre at best, but it was the least I could do for a mediocre post.

All my pursuits in life have managed to make it to the level of mediocre. I have not excelled at anything. I will never be recognized as being the best at anything. But this doesn’t mean all of us who seem only to be excelling at mediocrity don’t contribute or make a difference.

If it weren’t for all of us doing our mediocre jobs, contributing to the overall good of the world, where would be the opportunity for others to be the best they can be and pursue excellence.

Just because you are mediocre doesn’t mean you don’t make a valuable contribution to the world around you.

If you feel your life is mediocre don’t give up the pursuit of excellence. But if you aren’t excelling don’t just give up.

The next time you see someone in a mediocre job give them a smile this might just be what they are doing while learning to excel. But if not, they are at least providing a service so you can go on with your mediocre existence.

Have a Great Day

(This isn’t depressing is it?)  No, just a tongue in cheek look at the Type A Ra, Ra’s


  1. You have NEVER been or will NEVER be mediocre, Dad. You raised great kids, you were the best minister I’ve ever had and you were hands down the best science project mentor that has ever existed 🙂 I think your blogs are great and so do many others, your choice of RE as venue was just not well timed with the economy I’m afraid but hopefully we will swing out of that before all my kids are out of the house.

    I love you and want you to know that because of you and mom we all strive to be the best we can be. That is not the product of mediocrity.

    Sorry, I know you were being a smartass but I had to put my two cents worth in.

    Love you.

  2. Dave In Tucson says



    Love you too,


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