Friday, March 14, 2008

Mediocrity Versus Significance

Today in an online conference call of Success University, we were asked this question: "do you prefer mediocrity or significance?" Without any delay, I answered, "I prefer significance".

I was told that too many of us try to right the world's wrongs from the outside-in. The outside-in approach lends itself to what might be called official mediocrity. A Chinese proverb says, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life." Human being, generally, is not equipped for mediocrity. We would not be equipped with the ability to imagine future accomplishment and conditions if we were not correspondingly equipped with the ability to turn those imaginings into reality.

We are made in the image of God, hence we are made for significance. Yet we frequently use diversion in our lives as a tool to avoid direct confrontation with our innermost feelings, and to avoid accepting total responsibility for who we are and what we do. Instead of working on what is going on inside us, we try to rearrange things around us.

The responsibility for us to be sigificance is ours.

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