Rat Race: The Road To Mediocrity

The road to mediocrity. If you are like most people your aim in life is probably to avoid this path altogether. That’s a very good goal, however even those that set out with these intentions fall victim to mediocrity. Before they know it, life has passed them by and they are characterized as belonging with the masses.

Hence what this article will outline is the road to mediocrity. It’s the most common path that brings forth an average life. Therefore by reading this you will be able to recognize it in your own life and in return make constructive changes.

Although there are many paths and roads that lead to mediocrity, there is one common one that a large percentage of the people on this planet share. That road is defined as the rat race.

Below is the most traveled form to mediocrity…

What Is The Rat Race?

The following definition of the rat race is crafted by Robert Kiyosaki, the author of the financial book, Rich Dad Poor Dad.

“If you look at the life of the average-educated, hard-working person, there is a similar path. The child is born and goes to school. The proud parents are excited because the child excels, gets fair to good grades, and is accepted into a college. The child graduates, maybe goes on to graduate school and then does exactly as programmed: looks for a safe, secure job or career. The child finds that job, maybe as a doctor or a lawyer, or joins the Army or works for the government. Generally, the child begins to make money, credit cards start to arrive in mass, and the shopping begins, if it already hasn’t.

Having money to burn, the child goes to places where other young people just like them hang out, and they meet people, they date, and sometimes they get married. Life is wonderful now, because today, both men and women work. Two incomes  are bliss. They feel successful, their future is bright, and they decide to buy a house, a car, a television, take vacations and have children. The happy bundle arrives. The demand for cash is enormous. The happy couple decides that their careers are vitally important and begin to work harder, seeking promotions and raises. The raises come, and so does another child and the need for a bigger house.

They work harder, become better employees, even more dedicated. They go back to school to get more specialized skills so they can earn more money. Maybe they take a second job. Their incomes go up, but so does the tax bracket they’re in and the real estate taxes on their new large home, and their Social Security taxes, and all the other taxes. They get their large paycheck and wonder where all the money went. They buy some mutual funds and buy groceries with their credit card. The children reach 5 or 6 years of age, and the need to save for college increases as well as the need to save for their retirement. .

That happy couple, born 35 years ago, is now trapped in the Rat Race for the rest of their working days. They work for the owners of their company, for the government paying taxes, and for the bank paying off a mortgage and credit cards.

Then, they advise their own children to `study hard, get good grades, and find a safe job or career.’ They learn nothing about money, except from those who profit from their naïveté, and work hard all their lives. The process repeats into another hard-working generation. This is the `Rat Race’. – Robert Kiyosaki

 That is pure mediocrity. You probably are thinking that this is a very dull life. A very unmemorable life. A life far from greatness. Well you are absolutely right.
Ask anybody what they strive for, mediocrity or greatness? And everybody will tell you they want greatness, however almost all of those people will fall victim to the rat race.
So how do you overcome this?
Photo courtesy of wowdeals.ph
I’m not saying that you should drop out of school or not enroll in University and find your dream job. No. That’s great. But somewhere along the path you have to become great. You have to become extraordinary. Somewhere along the path you have to do something that will result in you escaping the rat race.
You can accomplish this by running after your dreams with full intensity. This is the main way to make sure you escape the rat race. The bigger the dream, the greater the result. So dream big. Never lose your vision. Keep your eyes on the prize. Wake up everyday with intentions to leave the rat race.
Also I recommend that you always have something on the side that you are working on. Something that will take you out of the rat race. It’s apparent that the rat race is the path that many fall into because they lack money. Therefore always work on something on the side. Become an entrepreneur. You don’t have to quit your job, just have a side gig that generates income for you. Find your passion and construct a business out of it and chase greatness.

It could be simple like creating a blog that is centered around your passions. Such as this one. Whatever it is. Just go for it.

That is the road to mediocrity and how to escape it. What you do with this information is completely up to you.