It is a tradition in India to start of any new venture with a happy beginning. So, here I am, blogging on my new weblog on one of my favorite peeves – Mediocrity. Before I even delve into my hatred towards ‘Mediocrity’ as such, let us have a look at the dictionary meaning (courtesy Webster) -Mediocrity – a. the quality or state of being mediocre b: moderate ability or value

I have had the good fortune to meet some of the best people around – best in skill, attitude, talent etc – not necessarily in one package – but then they strive to be the best in what they are/do. In some cases, I have admired them.

However, I have also had the fortune to meet some who were the most ignorant, inarticulate, talentless and loutish people that the world ever saw – and I despised them totally. If they say, sky is the limit – my abhorrence for them touched the sky. Ideally, I would never even stand such people, but certain circumstances (in terms of education, neighbourhood, friends’ friends, job etc) forced me to interact with such on a daily basis.

So, the first question essentially is – What constitutes my definition of mediocrity? Am I looking for fantastic educational/vocational qualifications? Am I looking for certain psychological traits (extrovert, introvert and the hopelessly controversial ambivert etc etc)? Certainly, over the years I could not stand a certain person and I always wondered what I saw in him/her that made me stay away consciously? Lack of ambition, I thought. But heck, no! I never considered that Nepali Gurkha around my colony to be mediocre – he was brilliant in his skill (whether it came to night patrolling or asking Diwali bakshish J ) but was content in that role for the rest of his life. The answer came through many iterations and certain evaluations – drive! A drive to achieve, a drive to excel, a drive to be the best, a drive to give your best shot everytime and last but not the least, a drive to learn more and better – in short, it was more about the person’s mental makeup than anything else.

My problem with mediocrity is not essentially the person as such – but his pursuit of the trivial and tolerance of the third rate. Being satisfied with status quo, blissful ignorance, lack of desire to learn, faking of being a master of a topic and satisfied mingling with the average – that is what turns me off. My essential belief is that not doing/just about doing more than average is what keeps the average down most of the time. I just couldn’t (and still can’t) understand why some people just don’t want to get better? Why are they content on average quality? As one of the ad went sometime back, β€˜swalpa adjust maadi saar’ (please adjust sir) – we have got used to adjustment (which translates into average behavior) almost all the time.

Did I try to bring in some change in such people? I did try – but probably they should have been dealt at a much younger age than today. Inertia is a highly misunderstood term – but affects each and every one of us. And when this inertia has been built into your system for a few years – it is going to be a huge effort mentally to get out of this mode of behavior and I guess that is what happened to my try. To round this first weblog off on a new site, I would quote an anonymous author “All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.” The effortless way of not falling into this trap of mediocrity (atleast my method) is to have your close-knit group (family you can’t change, acquaitances definitely can change) consist of β€˜non-mediocre’ people and you have hedged off the risk of being mediocre/risk of falling into the trap of being mediocre to a large extent


2 comments so far

  1. adastrian on

    Mellowed Miss Rand. Good post here πŸ™‚

  2. Kiran on

    @adastrian – I can understand the ‘Rand’ connection – the ‘Miss’ beats me! Lemme know if you have confusion in identifying genders πŸ˜‰ thankus for the compliment though πŸ™‚

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