“Be content with what you have!” It is a common quote which most of us have heard in our lifetime. But is it always true? And does this contentment really give us happiness and fulfill our wishes?
Being mediocre and remaining satisfied with the things received through life is sometimes not enough. Although being gratified is not bad, one should always have a fighting and inspiring spirit to be the best possible person and reach to the uppermost level of excellence.
A person is not born to be mediocre, but some traits, such as apathy, indifference, doubt, fear, procrastination and insecurity make him or her an ordinary and average person. People settle with the “disease” that is mediocrity mainly because of laziness, and in the days following a return from break, most students adapt to it.
Once students succumb to mediocrity, most don’t even try to be better because of common instinctive attitudes occupying our minds. For instance, not everyone is born to become an Einstein or Serena Williams.
Most of the students in high schools don’t care about their grade, skip their assignments, and become easily satisfied by just getting 50 percent marks in the class for their work. Some even feel proud passing a class, but using unfair means. Others just rely on some miracle to happen by God in order to pass the class.
The main problem is that people don’t value or trust themselves enough to maximize their potential. It is a startling fact that the young generation of our society is not at all interested in increasing their efforts to become the future builders of our nation.
In this fast, hurtling world where our nation is compared with the international standards of excellence, there is an instant need to raise our effort to compete with the rest of the world and leave behind the lethargic attitude that is currently present.
The present need is to light the candles in the darkness of the life of these mediocre people in order for them to put forth effort and not just sit idle waiting for magic to happen to change their world. The moment people expect less from themselves, they won’t be able to achieve anything, and they instead may feel useless and worthless to even work hard for it.
Sometimes, people are comfortable with what results they generate, but by comparing the results with the others, they feel jealous and inferior. This developing inferiority complex produces hard work day and night, and these efforts then become the stepping-stones to a great future.
As a result, competitiveness and comparison are the two main things required for a person to change from a mediocre to a dedicated, diligent individual.
Thus, “the general tendency of the things throughout the world is to render mediocrity as the ascendant power among humans.”