Though I wasn't anywhere near a failure in school, I was mediocre at just about every subject. Other than making a solid grilled cheese sandwich at age 10, there was not one thing I was considered excellent at. And, even though I was the captain of the tennis team, coach made it clear it wasn't because of my skills. It weighed heavy on me because I never felt like a natural at anything. Everything felt so hard!
I'm terrible (not even mediocre) at math. I still carry my 1's when I tip to figure out my total, but I majored in finance because I needed to tackle the most difficult aspect of business. It took a year of remedial courses before I even considered it, but it's one notch I'm proud of.
I'm a terrible writer, and as scary as it seemed, started a blog almost seven years ago to write something. Anything to get my words out even if no one was going to read it. Pretty sure there's a laundry list of errors in this one post.
I'm a mediocre, if not the worst, public speaker. When I was a teacher, it was my job but I seriously practiced every day in front of my 25 kindergartners and first grade students. I'd flop over and over again, but luckily they didn't judge me.
And even now, I research for hours on end how to create tech packs for aprons, distribution processes, market buying, and how to poach eggs. I still can't poach an egg to save my life. Looking back, though, being mediocre made me incredibly hungry and curious, and most importantly, it gave me grit. When you're not placed on a pedestal, there's some sort of direction laid out. The other part you get to figure out.
I'm close to 30, and to be honest, I am just feeling like I'm close to getting my shit together. I'm sharing this with you because I know some of you feel your deficiencies are holding you back. I'm here to tell you it's going to take real work. It's going to take looking your weaknesses in the eye, rolling up your sleeves, and tackling it head-on. When I'm evaluating potential candidates to join my team, I'm not paying attention to job titles or if they can sell themselves on an interview. I'm going to go with the person who's going to get in the dirt to help build something bigger than any of us involved. Being mediocre isn't a red flag, but grit is a non-negotiable.
>> One of my favorite Ted Talks talks about grit here. You have to watch it!