In the past week or so, I’ve read three different posts at three different blogs that mention the word “mediocrity.” Mediocrity is something that I’ve always been opposed to. You have to always strive to be your best. Sometimes, we just aren’t feeling it and OK is adequate. But when we talk about our passion, our dreams, or what defines us, just making due isn’t good enough.
I was brought up to have a good work ethic, to always try my best and work hard at what ever it was that I was doing at the time. The Olympics brings this to mind. What if the ice skaters said, “sure, I could work really hard to do a triple, but a double is easy and I know I won’t fall”? They would lose points and probably the event. Watching the pairs skating the past two nights, there were plenty of falls. And these teams are the best of the best. But you don’t become the best by sticking to the comfortable, by staying on the middle path.
I work hard at my jewelry. I take workshops to learn new techniques (when I’ve got the time and money that is). I make sure and get in the studio and make things. Sure, I have pieces that I turn to when I know I’m not feeling it and I can just whip out a few cuffs and have something accomplished. But I also work on larger pieces where I try to refine my technique, learn a new skill, or just challenge myself with the design. This is the only way that my art can grow. I want to be the best. That doesn’t mean that my best will be good enough, but my worst or my mediocre will never be the best of anything.
What is something that you should be trying harder at? What do you want to always do your best at?
Mediocre Posts I mentioned:
Be at the Top of Your Game on Fine Art Views
Madness, Genius, and the Things We Don’t See on Essential Prose
Shades of Mediocrity on Make and Meaning