Seth Godin posted this on his site the other day. It certainly resonated with me, hopefully it will make you think.

The forces of mediocrity

Seth Godin

Maybe it should be, "the forces for mediocrity"...

There's a myth that all you need to do is outline your vision and prove it's right—then, quite suddenly, people will line up and support you.

In fact, the opposite is true. Remarkable visions and genuine insight are always met with resistance. And when you start to make progress, your efforts are met with even more resistance. Products, services, career paths... whatever it is, the forces for mediocrity will align to stop you, forgiving no errors and never backing down until it's over.

If it were any other way, it would be easy. And if it were any other way, everyone would do it and your work would ultimately be devalued. The yin and yang are clear: without people pushing against your quest to do something worth talking about, it's unlikely it would be worth the journey. Persist.


At 3/8/08, 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would add "the forces for mediocrity" are also within you fighting you every step of the way...

At 3/10/08, 8:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Along these lines I am looking for some advise or words of wisdom. My head track coach early in the season and on easy days has the sprinters go on 40 minute easy runs (slogging) this bothers me on so many levels as I feel it turns our sprinters away from track and we lose the support of our head football coach who should suggest to all our skill kids to run track. I also feel it trains our sprinters to be slow twitch guys and makes them lazy in essence. What should I say or do..he has been doing it this way for years out of i guess just plain old ignorance and laziness i feel...how or what do i say to help him be a better sprint coach and provide better training for these kids


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