The road less traveled

As I was sorting through my feeds over New Year’s looking for something that seemed interesting, I came across a post on GigaOM. Its titled With 2008, Let’s Say Good-bye to Mediocrity. My first thought was that it is truly sad that we even have to be saying this, and I think Mr. Om is actually being kind with his choice of words. In a country that put the first man on the moon, created the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction, invented the steamboat, telegraph, telephone, cotton gin, light bulb, airplane, transistor and so much more, have we really gotten to the point where we need a reminder that mediocrity is bad? It seems so.

If nothing else can be taken from the past year, it is a great reminder that mediocrity is not an ingredient in the recipe for success. One should always be looking for ways to improve processes, communications, service delivery, etc. If you are doing things the way they have always been done then chances are you are mediocre. You are traveling the same old road over and over.

To paraphrase a great American author, if you take the road less traveled, it will make all the difference. Happy new year.


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