There’s a stigma with the word “average.” It’s used as a bad thing. You don’t want to be average. You want to stand out. Be exceptional. Be the best. You don’t want people thinking you’re a Basic Bitch.
I don’t think of the word average as being mediocre, I think of it in its mathematical sense as the mean of a group. There is a quote by Jim Rohn that gets thrown around a lot that goes, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend most of your time with.” If you take stock of the 5 people you spend the most time with and find that these are individuals that you enjoy being around, that challenge you and push you to be a little better every day, then that’s a good thing. You want to be in that average.
But if you look around and find that you spend the majority of your time with toxic people, or people who don’t have their shit together, whose goals don’t line up with yours, that don’t inspire or motivate you, and don’t challenge you, then you will be the other kind of average. And that’s something that you can change.