The warm safety of mediocrity

“Don’t be intimidated by other people’s opinions. Only mediocrity is sure of itself, so take risks and do what you really want to do.”
– Paulo Coelho, Aleph
We like the comfortable, the known, the familiar.
It’s no fun to be wrong or to look stupid.
And few of us enjoy the harsh light of criticism or look forward to failing publicly.
Yet, in time, the familiar is replaced by the new.
The competition fails better, learns from its mistakes and leap frogs ahead.
Someone who isn’t afraid to take a chance garners the spoils.
And we sit there wondering what happened.
What happened is that we were satisfied to defend the status quo.
We were content with mediocrity, because anything else was too scary.
Alas, what once seemed like the safe choice now turns out to have been just the opposite.
But by then it’s too late.

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