Adrenaline Rush: The War Against Mediocrity
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Like adrenaline, passion is a powerful fuel.
Those who get wildly aggressive and go after their dreams with every fiber of their beings are the ones who achieve them. It’s those brave men and women who rise up and go above and beyond the standards that are set by society who really achieve the greatest things in life.
Have you ever been told you can’t do something? Ever had someone laugh at your dreams? Or tell you they believe in you but you knew they didn’t really mean it? I have. For the most part though, you intentionally surround yourself with people who believe in you and tell you that you can do anything.
Taken from You’re Good at a Lot of Things, Just not This by Tia Singh
Society’s Preparation vs Society’s Demands
It’s easy to go with the flow. The modern education system encourages you to fit in and simply put out enough effort to get a passing grade. In the workforce, you have it drilled into you that you’re supposed to do everything you’re told and you can’t figure out why businesses are so cruel as to let you go in the midst of a recession.
Society preps us to be lazy. Show up on time and do what you’re told. But it’s that same society that really rewards those who buck against that trend. It’s those people who take initiative, who create solutions before problems are even identified, who understand how to rally the team around their goals. It’s those people who go beyond simply showing up and taking orders. Those are the people who are vital to organizations. Those are the people who society really rewards.
And in life, it doesn’t matter what your skill set is. When you get that drive and that passion that pumps you up like adrenaline, it will fuel your pursuit of new skills, your quest to find new ways to network, your journey to discover new ways to accomplish great things, and it will drive you to think of new, greater things to accomplish.
What does it take to pump you up?
Haven’t you ever felt that rush when your team is so close to scoring? When your son or daughter is kicking the soccer ball down the field?
“That’s my son! That’s my daughter!” You stand up shouting and cheering.
Think about your dreams and ambitions. There are some things in life that you’re absolutely passionate about. But there are other goals you have where you’ve grown callous and comfortable. You’ve all but given up on achieving anything great.
For many of you, that flame that once burned brightly and passionately has simmered down to a mere flicker or perhaps it’s gone out altogether. It’s far easier to go to work each day than it is to create a unique, outside-the-box skill set that will really allow you to accomplish something great offline or online. It takes time, hard work and discipline to learn a new language, to write a book, to create a program or to do something that will really set you apart.
How have we lost our passion for going above and beyond? I refuse to accept that we never had it to begin with. In fact, I see glimmers of it around me every day, and I also see earth-moving, seismic examples that rock the foundations of what I think and feel.
Taken from The Culture of Good Enough by Amber Naslund
Those who ‘accidentally’ stumble upon success are the exception to the rule…not the standard. And yet, the vast majority of the world seems to be driving forward doing the same things day after day hoping that somehow a dam is going to break free and a flood wave of success will magically pour over them. Don’t fail to realize that great things come to those who do great things.
Does your project depend on a miracle, a bolt of lightning, on being chosen by some arbiter of who will succeed? I think your work is too important for you to depend on a lottery ticket. In some ways, this is the work of the Resistance, an insurance policy that gives you deniability if the project doesn’t succeed. “Oh, it didn’t work because we didn’t get featured on that blog, didn’t get distribution in the right store, didn’t get the right endorsement…”
There’s nothing wrong with leverage, no problem at all with an unexpected lift that changes everything. But why would you build that as the foundation of your plan?
Taken from No knight, no shining armor by Seth Godin
Feel the Adrenaline Coursing Through Your Veins
Wake up! You’re never going to rise above the norm if you’re never doing anything abnormal. Do you need to get physically motivated? Train up and run a marathon with me. Do you need to overcome a fear or a mental obstacle like a fear of heights? Go skydiving with me.
Did you notice I said, “with me” on each of those points. I’m tired of my Army physical training to be all the workout that I get each week so I’m committing to run the Sun Trust National Marathon in March. I’m terrified of heights but I’ve committed to skydiving with a friend of mine because I refuse to allow anything to hold me back in life.
I’m motivated. I’m pumped up. I feel like there is adrenaline coursing through me just thinking about all the things that I want to accomplish in life.
Can you feel it?