The pointless path of mediocrity

The rugged, worn-out path of mediocrity. Photo Credit: Evan Parker

“If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you dare not, you don't. If you'd like to win, but think you can't It's almost a cinch you won't. If you think you'll lose, you've lost, For out in the world we find Success being with a fellow's will; It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you're outclassed, you are: You've got to think high to rise. You've got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize. Life's battles don't always go To the stronger or faster man, But soon or late the man who wins Is the one who thinks he can.”

― Walter D. Wintle

 Unfortunately in my generation, mediocrity is not the road less traveled by. It is the path that many kids take nowadays, and I have always been perplexed by it. I don't understand when adults don't strive to be the best either, but when kids my age, who have endless amount of opportunities to be great decide to be complacent, it is just baffling. I don't know who's fault it is either, although I strongly believe it lies on parent's shoulders. Something I do know for sure, is that my generation lacks motivation and it really sucks. I understand that not everyone has the capability of being a straight A student or is gifted, but thriving for success and wanting to be "top dog" has nothing to do with that.

Everyone should try to be the best at whatever it is that they want to do. They should also know that there is always room for improvement.

Take Lebron James for example. Before he was an NBA champion, he was already "King James," the best basketball player on Earth. Despite ruling the court, he still knew that he could improve different aspects of his game and he did. That in turn led him to conquering the finals and being crowned with a ring. He knows he is that good and now, not only does he continue improving his game, but he has the ability to improve all of his teammates.

To be successful, you have to believe you can be successful. Sounds simple right? Well that is the number one reason people fail. They don't believe in themselves and their abilities.

Never settle for less, you're worth more than that.