It’s okay to be mediocre, just not at what you do.

Mediocre: of moderate or low quality, value, ability, or performance : ordinary, so-so
from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mediocre

It is perfectly fine to be mediocre at a certain task as long as you can identify this. Not everyone is amazing at everything. If they were that would suck; the world would be no fun; you would have no purpose. So now that we established that you are not great at everything you do, what do you do about that?

Two things:

  1. Find what you are good at. This will take a little time and that’s okay. Test the waters, find what you’re passionate about, good at, and then go do it. You are better at what you are passionate about, naturally. (But you are sitting there thinking, I LOVE football but I’m not good at it! NO, you love watching football and drinking beer. Remember, the last time you played two-hand touch you pulled your hammie and couldn’t breath after 15 minutes …so you sat and watched your buddies play while drinking a beer, milking your creamy hamstring.) Point is, you’re not good at football, maybe you could be an announcer?
  2. Most important of all, to be good at what you’re good at, you must be able to find out what you are mediocre at — they will almost always cross over. You may be an excellent copy writer but awful speller — have someone spell check for you. You may be excellent at cooking but terrible at running a business — hire business manager. You may be great at singing but terrible at the piano — hire a pianist or go a cappella.

None of us are great at everything we do. Be humble enough and smart enough to tell yourself this. Find what you’re good at and do it. Find what you’re bad at but still needs to be done and have someone else do it. If you work like this, you can do what you’re meant to do and the next person can do what they’re meant to do as well. Think of identifying your weaknesses as identifying someone else’s strengths.