Websters defines mediocre as : of moderate or low quality, value, ability, or performance.
What defines success in life is a person's tolerance for mediocrity. What truly makes great people excel consistently is not allowing mediocrity to enter any equation.
What defines mediocre in the workplace is the low standard so many set for others. In our attempt to not insult, not push ,not see what others are capable of - we let our environment and those around become less that what they are capable of. Do you think Danny Wegman wakes up every morning and says to his team - Let's be average.
Lance Armstrong did not win 7 straight Tour De France's by settling for average - he pushed himself harder than anyone expected him to do. While his peers were soaking up the sun on the beach - Lance was on the bike. When the sales staff of your company was at the bar at 5pm, the top sales person was still making calls and getting appointments.
My parents taught me at a young age to not settle for anything. If you are pursuing any vocation - be the best at whatever you do. If you play a sport - give it your all. When you work with others - don't leave anything on the table - show them everything you got.
I still remember vividly the first time I read this passage from president John F. Kennedy
............We choose to go to the moon in this decade, and do the other things -- not because they are easy; but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills; because that challenge is one that we're willing to accept; one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win -- and the others, too.......
Where would the world be today had he not pushed us as a country to think more of ourselves?