Greatness or Mediocrity, Which One Are You Heading Towards?

Below are eleven major differences between the mediocre and the great. Hopefully this article gives you a clear view of what your future holds. If you’re on the wrong path, it’s never too late to change directions.

1. Great people act on the world, mediocre people let the world act on them.

There are two types of people, those who lead and those who follow. Great people simply lead. They not only lead the masses, but they lead themselves. They are the leader of their own destiny. Their destiny isn’t in the hands of anyone, besides themselves. Their boss, their wife, their best friend has no control over their destiny. Instead they do what they feel. They simply follow their own heart and strive to fulfill their vision.

Simply put, great people are strong minded individuals who don’t quiver away from their dreams, regardless of what anyone else may think or say.

On the flip side, mediocre people also have a dream, however it rarely manifests because they let the world act on them. They let the words of their spouse, children, friend or whoever reach their heart and in return they become discouraged.

2. Great people dedicate their life to a single purpose; mediocre people are all over the place.

Great people are focused on mastery. The only way to become great is by mastering something. If you want to be labelled the greatest to ever do it, you have to pick your calling and perfect it.

You’ll never make it if you’re trying to do a million things at once. Devote your attention to one seed. Don’t plant another until the original seed grows. Devote your full attention to it. A garden full of seeds will never lead to greatness; instead it will lead to mediocrity. When you have a garden full of seeds, you don’t have the luxury to spend endless hours on one seed, as a result no one seed leads to greatness. 

3. Great people are consumed by passion; mediocre people are consumed by the desire to make a living.

Let your passion be infectious. Let your spirit move mountains.

4. Great people change the world; mediocre people let the world change them.

Steve Jobs. Michael Jackson. Warren Buffet. Oprah Winfrey. All these folks are examples of great people who went on to change the world.

You see, great people are unique. They’re unique in the sense that they stay true to who they really are, no matter what they undergo. They simply don’t let the world change them. Their dreams stay intact and their vision never blurs. The opposite is the case for mediocre people.

5. Great people serve the world, mediocre people serve themselves.

The average person focuses on increasing one’s own well being, the great person focuses on enriching the world and when she does she simultaneously increases her own well being in the process.

So extend your reach and broaden your horizons.

6. Great people focus on why something is going to work, mediocre people focus on why it isn’t going to work.

Always see the good, never the bad. There’s always going to be reasons why your dream isn’t going to work.

Mediocre people will always bring these reasons to the forefronts because mediocre people are realistic, great people are unrealistic.

When you strive to do great things with your life, you have to be somewhat unrealistic.

If you’re realistic, you’re heading towards mediocrity and if your dream is realistic, you’re already there. 

On the other hand, the only reason why great people do great things is because they are unrealistic. What they are trying to accomplish is farfetched and hence it doesn’t come easy, however that doesn’t stop them, instead it just motivates them some more.

7. Great people live life on a whole new level, mediocre people live life on a basic level.

Go to school, get good grades, go to college, get a good job, save money, get married, have children, save for retirement, pay your bills, retire, and die. This is the life a typical mediocre person lives. This is what I mean when I say, a basic level.

I’m willing to bet that 90% of the people buried at your local cemetery lived a life similar to the one described above.

Hopefully, you’ll be different. Hopefully, you have seen the light and from now on, you strive for something more. After all, like Eminem stated, “A normal life is boring.”

8. Great people strive to be legendary, mediocre people strive for a paycheque.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t be focused on getting money. Not at all. Stack your dough to the ceiling.

Get rich. Make a killing.

But at the same time, you have to realize there is a lot more to life than green pieces of paper.

For instance, how are people going to remember you? After you are dead and gone, when your name comes up in conversations, how will people view you?

What type of legacy will you leave behind and more importantly what type of life will you have led?

9. Great people are the cause, mediocre people are the effect.

Great people create the bang, mediocre people feel the bang.

Do you see the distinction?

In order to change your life, you have to move your life from being a feeler (metaphorically speaking) to a doer.

10. Great people rise above failures, mediocre people fall as a result of failures.

If everybody could succeed overnight and success came easy, it would lose its value. No one would cherish it like they do now.

Hence, creating a successful life is difficult. It’s not easy. A ton of shit is going to be put in front of you and you will have to overcome all of this in order to reach success. Failures, obstacles, problems, and issues are a key component of success.

The purpose of these roadblocks is to wield out the pretenders from the doers. If you’re a pretender, you’ll let failure stop you. When you fail, it’ll be game over for you. However, if you persist in the face of failure, you’ll shine.

11. Great people succeed, mediocre people fail.

The bottom line is great people create an extraordinary life and they succeed, mediocre people are left with sorrow and a lack of fulfillment.

I end this article with a simple message…

The true test of one’s life comes right before he/she dies. This test determines if you were a success or a failure, if you were great or mediocre. Either you’re going to be filled with good vibes before you take your last breath or you’re going to be filled with regret. Regardless of how your life goes, as long as you’re filled with fulfillment when you look back at your life while lying on your death bad, you are a success.