MEDIOCRITY (0:29)  As artists & entrepreneurs, we stand alone, right on the very edge of an unknown future which is hurling at us at quantum speed, waiting for us to make the leap and create great music, inspiring scripts, amazing designs, important books, and extraordinary products & services. However, it’s at that moment when we are confronted with uncertainty, stifled with self-doubt, and knee-deep in challenge, that we are most afraid to risk and try something new. So very often, we fretfully reach back behind us and grab hold of the past, and toss it out into our future like a safety-net, hoping that our past successes and experiences will protect us from failing. Truth is, while our past work can be a sturdy shoulder to stand on, it’s never a blueprint for anything new. And really, there’s no better place to find anything new then right here on the edge of the future, where the field of all possibilities is staring us right in the face, waiting for us to make the next move, warning us to forgo mediocrity, and tempting us to create art & commerce that really matters.
J Michael Dolan

MEDIOCRITY (0:29)

 As artists & entrepreneurs, we stand alone, right on the very edge of an unknown future which is hurling at us at quantum speed, waiting for us to make the leap and create great music, inspiring scripts, amazing designs, important books, and extraordinary products & services. However, it’s at that moment when we are confronted with uncertainty, stifled with self-doubt, and knee-deep in challenge, that we are most afraid to risk and try something new. So very often, we fretfully reach back behind us and grab hold of the past, and toss it out into our future like a safety-net, hoping that our past successes and experiences will protect us from failing. Truth is, while our past work can be a sturdy shoulder to stand on, it’s never a blueprint for anything new. And really, there’s no better place to find anything new then right here on the edge of the future, where the field of all possibilities is staring us right in the face, waiting for us to make the next move, warning us to forgo mediocrity, and tempting us to create art & commerce that really matters.


COMMENTS


Posted By Rachel Walker
New Horizons
Hi Michael! Ohhh life is far too interesting to ever settle for medium....I'll take a large ...please. :-) Thank you Michael! Every day new. :-) Rachel


Posted By Aaron Wolfson
Here is a better choice...
Meteoric.


Posted By Missy B.
Keep it fresh!!
This is powerful Michael!


Posted By Elisabeth Howard
Your blog
Thanks, Michael, Tis is exactly where I am at this point in my life. I feel like there is a huge void to be filled and I'm ready!


Posted By PB
High Dive
This takes me back to a skinny shivering kid on the high dive towering over the city pool. Doubt, uncertainty, fear.... And I always jumped. Love the quote, Michael.


Posted By Sam Stinger
Creating New
This is such wisdom, Michael. The edge can be a scary but exciting place to stand. Especially when the past successes have provided a warm comfy couch to snuggle up in. Who wouldn’t want to bring them to the future? But we Treps have to create “new” over and over again, don’t we? A great reminder.


Posted By Michelle Eppie
No Mediocrity
Although it’s hard to think of myself as a genius (self-doubt), I know I’ve been given the task/gift of always creating something new and innovative. Each time there is a twinge of pressure that I have to go through before creativity is the victor (thank God!). I must “Just Say No” to mediocrity.

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