Do You Want to Be Average, or Extraordinary?

Erik Personal Development and Lifestyle, Personal Growth, Thoughts of a Mastermind 10 Comments


Do you want to be average, or more than average?

It’s a simple question.

Average is the middle of the pack. It’s an okay place to be.

You aren’t the best, and also, not the worst.

Something that’s been on my mind a lot lately is how many people settle for average.

The Mastermind Within, this blog, is not about settling for average.

I want to be extraordinary, and I want you to be extraordinary.

Being average is great, but rarely in my life have I been happy with the outcomes associated with average.

Average performances don’t lead to gold medals, promotions, awards, or recognition. Extraordinary performance lead to medals, promotions and recognition.

Which one will you choose?

In this post, let’s take a look at what average looks like, what extraordinary looks like, and set the stage for 2019 on this blog.

What Does Average Look Like?

I’m average in many ways. You are probably average in many ways as well.

What is average?

Average can be thought of as the middle number in a distribution of outcomes. (In layman’s terms, this is fine. More precisely, we’d use median for the middle number, but this isn’t a statistics article πŸ™‚ )

  • The average height is 5’9″ for males, and 5’4″ for females.
  • The most prevalent eye color in the world is brown eyes.
  • The average hand size is 6.77″ for females and 7.44″ for males.

These are attributes we can see and measure, and cannot be affected through natural processes. I’m 5’8″ – unless an act of God occurred, I will not be 6 foot in my life.

There are many variables and attributes which are also measurable but hidden. I want to focus on these, since these we CAN control.

Average can be achieved by living life on autopilot and not understand the ramifications of our actions.

These numbers are quite interesting and paint a picture for us of average.

But, what about extraordinary? What about above average?

Could you be extraordinary?

I started this blog because I wanted more. While physically I look average, I hate the results I get when I’m average.

Maybe it’s because of my physical appearance that I have a chip on my shoulder to do more and do better.

I want more, I want extraordinary.

This blog is named The Mastermind Within, and is all about helping your reach your FULL POTENTIAL. It’s not about reaching your average potential.

You have a mastermind within you – an all powerful brain, body and soul which can accomplish anything it wants.

What is extraordinary?

Extraordinary is being in shape and having the ability to perform different exercises without getting tired.

For personal finance, extraordinary is becoming debt free,Β having $10,000 in the bank for emergency purposes, and knowing where your money is going each month. Extraordinary could be earning $100,000 a year, having a successful side hustle, orΒ achieving asymmetric returns.

Extraordinary is giving your time, knowledge or money to others in need.

Extraordinary is being careful with your waste,Β and understanding the impact you have on this Earth.

Being extraordinary involves having successful and healthy relationships, being active in your community, and looking to help others grow and become better.

Extraordinary is living in abundance.

There are some areas of my life where I’ve achieved above average results. Likewise, there are other areas where I’m still lacking, struggling, and trying to become better for the future.

Becoming better over time is a process. No one is an overnight success – I’ve been working towards a “better life” for the last 6 years and I’m still somewhere far from my destination.

Start with the question, “What makes you happiest?” and move on to setting actions to bring you closer to the answer.

Let’s be extraordinary in 2019.

Push to Become Extraordinary in 2019

Over the past year, I’ve met a number of amazing people through this blog.

When having some discussions, I’ve walked away sometimes frustrated with how my opinions were not received as openly as I tried to receive their opinions.

What I came to realize is everyone has a different perspective, different goals, and a different outlook on life.

For me, I want success and happiness in all areas of my life – relationships, money, spirituality, exercise, work, etc.

I’m not afraid and willing to go down rabbit holes, take risks, and shoot for the moon. I want to achieve extreme wealth at a young age, am willing to learn and work on different projects until the work is done, and am prepared to change my opinions and thoughts with new information.

What about you?

Do you want to be average, or be extraordinary?

In 2019, on this blog, I will be writing to help you become extraordinary. If this doesn’t fit your goals and wants, then that is completely fine. We all have one life and if my message doesn’t align with your goals, then no love lost.

However, if you are choosing to become extraordinary, buckle up.

The path to success is a fun journey, which requires patience, self-awareness and consistency.

You are the leader of your life and the teacher who knows you best.

So, I ask again, are you going to be average, or be extraordinary?

Thank you for reading πŸ™‚


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  1. I was surprised to see the average checking account balance is $10,000, but most people can’t afford an unexpected $1,000 expense. And can most people really run a 10-minute mile? I’m definitely lagging in my physical health.

    The average for most people is misery, especially when talking about finances. I’m sick of being average. Like you, I want to be extraordinary. I think effort and grit is the most powerful thing we have in not being “average”. And it won’t be easy. I have and will fail a lot. But I want to use that failure to propel myself forward. The most valuable thing we have is time. Thanks for sharing!

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      Thanks for stopping by Chris πŸ™‚

      So we have to remember that average and the middle number can be drastically different. The average checking account balance surprised me as well, but when you think about it, 3 people with 2 having $0 and 1 having $30,000 has an average of $10,000, whereas the median is $0.

      Average is fine, but like you said, average doesn’t get to where you want to go very fast! Looking forward to watching your path πŸ™‚

  2. This post was actually really affirmative. Right now my partner and I are in killer debt repayment mode. But we still have about $6,000 devoted to emergencies, and we’re hoping to grow it to $10,000 over the next year or two. Being able to balance both debt repayment and wealth building (although admittedly, our wealth building is currently limited to our 401ks and emergency fund savings) is really helpful to me. And I often feel slightly behind the power curve with our wealth, but knowing that (while not perfect) we’re setting ourselves up to be more than average is really encouraging.

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      Thank you Moriah Joy for your comment πŸ™‚

      The beauty of this is once you set your mind to become more than average, you will get there. It’s just a matter of when! When I started out… I had debt and zero wealth. Now, 5 years later, I still have debt, am not a millionaire (not even close), and am still learning, but with the path I’m on, I’ll get there someday πŸ™‚

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      Yeah it is interesting… but 680 isn’t even that great – at the bank I work at, 650 and lower is usually looked at as bad.

  3. I’m really enjoying all your posts Erik – very motivational!

    This post reminds me of that Seth Godin quote: “Quit or be exceptional. Average is for losers.” It’s quite a harsh directive – but it definitely encourages you to do your best.

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  4. Heck yeah. Another team at work invited me to join them and it should come with higher visibility, pay (~10% raise!), and title. I’ve enjoyed my current team and role and feel like I’ve made a solid impact. But I know what I want in life and this new role will help me get there faster. It’s a no-brainer. It doesn’t mean I’m not nervous or scared but I have faith in my abilities and the work is right in my wheelhouse. An awesome start to 2019!

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      Hi Kamran πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

      CONGRATS ON THE NEW ROLE πŸ™‚ Should be very fun and a great opportunity for growth!!

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