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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Mediocre People - James Altucher
I'm pretty mediocre. I'm ashamed to admit it. I'm not even being sarcastic or self-deprecating. I've never done anything that stands out as, "whoah! This guy made it into outerspace! Or...this guy has a best selling novel! Or...if only Google had thought of this!" I've had some successes and some failures (well-documented here) but never ...

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Being Mediocre

Most of us are in the 'mediocre' zone, making a living and trying to do our best in confining circumstances. We try to work, raise a family, and try to be happy.

Aiming to reach towards t...

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Procrastination

Procrastination

Procrastination is generally looked down upon and thought of as laziness, but it is your body telling you that you need to back off and think about what you are doing. 

You should try an...

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Zero-Tasking

We all multitask at some point or the other, some of us more than others. Our attention and intelligence are deviated and substracted during multi-tasking.

Single-tasking is better than mult...

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Failure

Failure can teach us two important lessons.

  • Firstly, we learn to manage and overcome the failure in front of us, not repeating the same mistake. 
  • Secondly, failu...

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Unoriginal Ideas

Mediocre people need not be completely original. Some of the world's most successful ideas weren't exactly original. They were combinations of two or more old ideas, that clicked due to effort, ...

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Poor Negotiation

Not everyone is a salesman or an expert negotiator. Being mediocre and insecure can also make our negotiations mediocre. 

Even if our deal-making is sub-optimal, we may stand to gain in ...

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Making Judgments

Being mediocre can make us make an incorrect judgment of other people, trusting someone that can harm us, or shunning someone who might be a great person. We still do ok, with our average judgement...

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Meaning is the associations that our minds draw

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