Over the past year I have been looking at my life. I have come to the conclusion that I am just a mediocre girl. Nothing special about me. I don’t stand out and I’m sure I’m not the first person people think of.
In high school I had average grades. Playing sports I was an average softball and volleyball player. I was an average singer in choir. I never stood out or excelled in anything.
As an adult, I have held entry level positions and two tiny management positions. I am an average parent with no great skills. I’m an average daughter. I was an average wife. A not so great sister at times. I’m not the greatest cook.
I have no special skills in my bag of tricks. I fly by the seat of my pants to get things done. I make more mistakes than make the right decisions. I’m not a great listener. I need to put my listening ears on more often.
I am a below average photographer. A not so good writer/blogger. My creative mind is limited. Generally a one hit wonder. My humor is sarcastic and most of the time people don’t get the joke.
The good part is I have figured out that I don’t give up easily. I may be mediocre but I am not a quitter. I keep striving to be/do better.
I may have mediocre skills but they get the job done. I have figured out that I am ok with my mediocrity. It seems to work for me.
They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in a skill. Let’s do the math:
10,000 hours to become an expert at a skill. That’s 40 hours per week multiplied by 52 weeks and you have 2,080 hours per year. Take the 10,000 hours and divide that by 2,080 hours and you have 4.8 years. In five years you can be a professional or an expert at a skill.
If I follow this rule, I am an expert at a few things.
I am an expert at customer service. Almost 30 years of experience
I am an expert at parenting. 25 years of experience
I am an expert at sarcasm. 40 + years of experience
I am an expert at cooking. 35 years of experience
I am an expert at doing laundry. 35 year of experience
I am an expert at cleaning. 35 years of experience
I am an expert at solving problems. 40 years of experience
I am an expert at making lists. 35 + years of experience and so on.
I am not listing these things to brag but to prove a point. Experience in life can make any of us an expert at a skill as long as we don’t give up.
In 5-6 more years I will be an expert in blogging and photography. I’m not quitting. I love these 2 skills. Practice makes perfect or at least an expert.
It’s ok to be mediocre but strive to be/do better and never give up.
Oh and by the way…I don’t think I’m all that average. I am too much of a goober to be average. My uniqueness makes me either below average or a little above average just because I am different.
You are not mediocre either. You are unique too and being unique is NOT mediocre. We may see ourselves as being the average ‘Joe’ but we are not. What makes mediocrity is never striving to be/do better.
Don’t sell yourself short. Just like I did. We are above average to say the least all because we won’t give up and quit.