For the Love of Mediocrity

I've loved basketball for as long as I can remember. As I've gotten older, I started to follow top prospects as far back as high school. My wife thinks I'm crazy (and a little creepy) for watching kids perform that aren't even adults yet. For me, it's all about growth potential. Am I watching someone that's going to be a bust in five years or am I getting a chance to witness the next Lebron James before he even plays his first NBA game? The crazy thing is, at that age, you can never really tell. Sure you can see who has the talent and who doesn't, but it's a bit harder to tell who's going to emerge as elite. All of this got me thinking about what separates the good from the great? Talent, sure, but I think there's something more at play here: I believe it's the unwillingness to settle for mediocrity.

You see, the good, they might like their craft, love it even. They're going to do everything that is asked of them in order to succeed. Be on time for every practice. Study the plays. For the great, however, that is just the start.

You hear a lot of different things about what certain people do to achieve great success, but there is one common denominator: A tireless work ethic that screams, "I don't want to be you. I want to be better than you." As I write this, I'm addressing myself just as much as I am anyone else that might be reading. When I worked for the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau (shout-out to Durham, North Carolina!), I did every single thing that was asked of me. Whenever something was needed, I was there. I didn't go above and beyond, however, and when the recession hit, I was one of the first to be let go. I was normal. When I started at Crocs, I decided to completely turn my work ethic on its axis and push harder than I ever had at any other job. I did everything I could to try and double what everyone else was doing. It wasn't two years before I saw a promotion.

Same thing applies to my writing. My first novel took me over two years to write. The second (which I humbly feel is gobs better) took fifteen months. The third took nine months. The fourth...well, that one took some time. We'll blame the divorce...My desire is to strive to be a better writer everyday by, well, writing! I'm so glad my first novel won't be my best. If you liked Legacy: G.L.O.W., you are in for a treat down the road. If you didn't, don't count me out just yet.

There are good things on the horizon.