11 Ways To Be Unremarkably Average
Do you want to live an unremarkably average life? Are you tired of trying to be extraordinary? Hate standing out from the crowd and achieving more than those around you? Well then, Chris Guillebeau’s 11 Ways to be Unremarkably Average can help show you how to stop reaching for the stars and start living your life as yet another totally unremarkable, average citizen.
- Accept what people tell you at face value.
- Don’t question authority.
- Go to college because you’re supposed to, not because you want to learn something.
- Go overseas once or twice in your life, to somewhere safe like England.
- Don’t try to learn another language; everyone else will eventually learn English.
- Think about starting your own business, but never do it.
- Think about writing a book, but never do it.
- Get the largest mortgage you qualify for and spend 30 years paying for it.
- Sit at a desk 40 hours a week for an average of 10 hours of productive work.
- Don’t stand out or draw attention to yourself.
- Jump through hoops. Check off boxes.
Basically, this is the life of any average person (although if you become one, you should never admit it). Here is what you’ll get:
• Security (or an illusion of it);
• Control (at least that’s what you’ll be thinking);
• No risk;
• No change;
• Nothing new;
• No excitement;
• Lost potential;
• Wasted time;
• No productivity;
• Probably bad health;
• Retirement plan;
And you can live like that for the rest of your life.
This post is about getting you to ask hard questions. About yourself, the world and the way you interact with it. It’s not about telling you what to think and what to do, it’s about pushing you to explore what you think and why you think it, it’s about the things you do in life and why are you doing it. This post does show you what not to do if you want to be above the average! I’ve chosen the following quotes so that you can get a better understanding and sometimes you may get the best light just from reading a quote.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown’s mother.
“To follow the path that others have laid before you is a reasonable course of action, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men.” – Steve Jobs.
“Well, we all like things to be predictable, don’t we? We expect things to be safe and to keep on happening just the way they always have. We expect the sun to rise in the morning. We expect to get up, survive the day and finish up back in bed at the end of it, ready to start all over again the next day. But maybe that’s just a trick we play on ourselves, our way of making life seem ordinary. Because the truth is, life is so extraordinary that for most of hte time we can’t bring ourselves to look at it. It’s too bright and it hurts our eyes. The fact of the matter is that nothing is ever certain. But most people never find that out until the ground suddenly disappears from beneath their feet.” ― Steve Voake,
The truth is that we live ordinary lives, where nothing new and exciting happens, and everything is predictable and expected. We usually don’t see it because there are plenty of distractions to help us not to think about that. So we focus on little daily worries, things we “need” to do and problems we need to pay attention to. There’s also TV, the Internet and all the technologies, gadgets and stuff around us.
But there’s another option. To become someone better, to do something meaningful with your life, to be happy, peaceful and open-minded, to travel, explore, learn and grow. To have that chance, you need to do exactly the opposite of what an average person does and thinks. Only then will the world offer you its unbelievable opportunities and you’ll reach greatness. Just get out of the crowd, follow your dreams and think for yourself.
“You don’t have to live your life the way other people expect you to.” – Chris Guillebeau
As a rule, thinking is a good thing but some people think that life is about being average, as a result they just become average in everything even in thinking. So the following comic is not saying that you can’t be happy, it’s just saying that in the end, you may not enjoy reflecting on your life if you don’t fulfil your potential.
Source: Chris Guillebeau of Zen Pencils
Subscribe to Oxford Junior