The Importance of Mediocrity

Glancing social media we will notice quickly our mediocrity in the face of everyone’s great accomplishments.

The importance of mediocrity is realizing and embracing the fact that you have talents I don’t have, and I have talents you don’t want! 

I spent 3 days recently trying to fix an issue in our bathroom as the basement flooded from our tub.

After losing 3 days and not succeeding, I called my friend who is a fix anything kind of guy.  The job was done in less than 3 hours.  I sat in stunned silence as I kicked myself for not having reached out to him sooner.

I know what I should do, but don’t always do it.  Often that means not doing a lot of things for which I’m mediocre.

Acknowledging our mediocrity isn’t an excuse to never improve, rather it’s a license to freedom as we reach across the void of inability to allow others to shine as they can best.  

As my friend fixed the tub, patched the ceiling, and masterfully displayed his gifts of construction, I made him laugh with stories and the time passed quickly.

I tell stories, make others laugh, cheer others on, play the piano, and can fill a cup really fast with water for the person in my home helping me out.  I guess that’s what I’ve got.  In terms of helpfulness, cheerleading, and willingness to serve, I am far from mediocre, and those traits have gotten me far.

This week I am slated to talk in Church.  I should do this extremely well without much worry.  I will prepare and give it a good shot, as always.

Yet there are others who will be speaking and find themselves suffering every minute for this entire week, the dread they face before their 10 minutes on stage enough to send them into every form of self-doubt and terror.  They have to face this moment within their own perceived mediocrity and go for it – I can’t speak for them – but I can cheer them on knowing they’re doing their best.

It’s the same feeling I have when my wife asks, “Honey, can you hang this picture on the wall?”  I know, without a doubt, someone may die if they walk under that picture someday.  Yet, I will hang the picture just to face my own fears and be mediocre doing so, and that’s ok.

That doesn’t mean I haven’t watched many videos on YouTube to learn how to hang a picture, or fix a tub, or learn something new and step out of my mediocrity.  I am a work in progress, and promise myself constantly to allow others to do their Signature Moves, such as having my assistant do tasks I know I can do in 20 minutes that she can do in 2.

There’s an importance in mediocrity.  My promise is to continue to get better at what I’m not good at, and share what I’m best at as often as possible.

~ Jason Hewlett 

Husband, Father, Writer, Mentor, Hiker

  • Speaker Hall of Fame * Award-Winning Entertainer * Promise Legacy Project Coach
  • World’s Only Keynote Speaker utilizing entertainment, musical impressions, and comedy to Create Legendary Leadership through the Power of Commitment
  • Author of “The Promise To The One”


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