“Average doesn’t mean mediocre. It means you’re part of the majority, and that in itself is a powerful thing.” – Unknown
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s talk about the unsung heroes – the average folks! After the NYC marathon this past November, I couldn’t help but feel a bit frustrated when I turned on the news and saw only the elite runners or those crossing the finish line in the dark being covered. I was not upset with the runners, I was upset with the media wanting to cover only the first and the last.
Don’t get me wrong, those top runners are incredibly impressive – finishing 26.2 miles in a little over 2 hours is mind-blowing! And for those finishing after 8 hours and pushing their bodies beyond what they thought was possible, impressive! But what about the rest of us? What about the vast majority of runners who aren’t recognized? The middle of the pack!
Did you know that the average time someone runs a marathon is between 4 and 5 hours? That’s a whopping 70% of the NYC marathon last year! So why are those in the middle of the pack forgotten, not just in a marathon, but often in life? We’re so focused on the best and the worst that we forget about the majority in between.
It’s not just in marathons – this phenomenon happens in the workplace and in life in general. We tend to focus on the high performers and the underachievers, but what about the average employee? They are the backbone of any organization, keeping things running smoothly and making up the majority of the workforce.
In school, we often focus on the top performers and the struggling students. But what about the majority of students who fall in the middle? They may not be at the top of the class, but they are still putting in the effort and making progress.
In our personal lives, we often compare ourselves to others and feel inadequate if we don’t measure up. But what about the majority of people who are just living their lives, doing the best they can?
So why do we overlook the average folks?
Maybe it’s because they don’t stand out as much, or because we take them for granted. But here’s the thing – being average isn’t bad, it’s awesome!
Think about it – a soccer team with only one superstar player won’t get very far. It’s the average players, working together and supporting each other, that make a winning team. And in the workplace, it’s the average employees who are the glue that holds everything together.
But society has told us that “average” is a bad word. The standard definition of average is a statistical concept that is used to describe a central value that represents a group of data or values. The three most common types of averages are the mean, median, and mode. So, the numbers in the middle.
But society tells us that “average” is what happens when you take a bunch of things, mix them all up, and then find the boring middle ground. It’s the plain vanilla of data analysis, the beige of performance metrics, the meh of measurements. It’s not exciting, it’s not sexy, and it’s definitely not the stuff of legends. Being average means you’re not terrible, but you’re also not amazing.
Well I call BS on that! As someone who will most likely never run a sub 4:00 hour marathon, I’m ok with being average!
Average is great, and let me tell you why. Yes, it may seem like the boring middle ground, but that’s only because we’ve been conditioned to think that way. In reality, being average means you’re part of a larger group, a team of people working together towards a common goal. You may not be the best, but you’re also not the worst. You’re putting in the effort, making progress, and contributing to the success of the group.
And let’s not forget – the middle ground is where most of the action happens! It’s where the majority of people are, where the real work is getting done, and where progress is being made. Being average doesn’t mean you’re mediocre, it means you’re doing something right. You’re putting in the work, learning and growing, and making strides towards your goals.
So let’s start celebrating the average folks in our lives. Let’s give them the recognition they deserve, and let’s invest in their development and growth. Because when we support and cheer on the average, we create a strong foundation for success.
It’s time to change our perspective and embrace the average. After all, without them, where would we be? Let’s give a round of applause to the middle of the pack!
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