When you find yourself above-average, it’s time to take it to the next level

According to Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).

When you find yourself above-average, it’s time to get moving and take it to the next level.

We’re herd animals, and a psychological force of gravity pulls us into orbit around the norms of our current social network.  Your level of success depends on how often you can achieve escape velocity from your bush league up toward the big leagues, which depends on how you react to people who are better than you at something, or even to the idea of such people.

I have a friend who quit taking art classes after encountering a particularly talented classmate. What a waste! In a world of almost 7 billion people, you name it and there are always a million people somewhere who are more talented than you.  To be successful at something, an obvious key skill is to find those people, befriend them, work with them, learn from them, etc.  If encountering someone more talented disheartens you, there’s a serious problem in your thinking somewhere, a serious denial problem that’s getting in your way.

Learning isn’t a comfortable activity, so get into your discomfort zone.  If you’re not below-average, you’re stuck in orbit, going no place.

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