Many years ago, I read a book by Florence Littauer titled It Takes So Little to be Above Average. The title pretty much sums up the content. I thought of the book when I learned that according to Thomas Friedman, an Op Ed columnist for the New York Times, Average is Over!
"In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job, could earn an average lifestyle. But, today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you what it used to. It can’t when so many more employers have so much more access to so much more above average cheap foreign labor, cheap robotics, cheap software, cheap automation and cheap genius. Therefore, everyone needs to find their extra — their unique value contribution that makes them stand out in whatever is their field of employment. Average is over."
Actually, I'm happy to hear it! And while I don't agree with where the author's observation led him, the article reinforced my determination to live with excellence. To give my best effort to whatEVER my hands find to do. To resist the urge to be passive and lax in mindset or activity.
"Work with enthusiasm,
as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people"
I like Thomas Friedman's choice of words--
"Everyone needs to find their EXTRA..."
That's what I'm going for!