The best way to end up mediocre is via small compromises. When was the last time you refused to compromise? When you told yourself that this might not work but you will fail your way to success? It’s a difficult choice to make and an even hard decision to see through because the thought to not compromise is not a modern philosophy.
I used to think that I was working on being remarkable until I realized that the better part of my life as been a compromise:
- I compromised my career because what I wanted to be was too hard.
- I compromised my writing because I was told it was not good enough.
- I compromised experiences that would stretch me because my friends laughed.
- I compromised surrounding myself with smarter people because of my insecurities.
Compromising is the surest path to mediocrity; it the safe thing to do. But what if you took a stand? What if you said, ”No more compromises. This stops now.” Where would that new found courage deliver you? Start with a small project that scares you and tell yourself that it might not work.
By doing so, you allow yourself to approach your project with a beginner's mindset. The best way to end up being remarkable is via small (un)compromises.