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We must overcome the notion that we must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre~ Uta Hagen

What’s “The Vision” for Escaping Mediocrity

This blog is almost two years old and it’s gone through many changes – no I’d say refinements is a more accurate word. And that refinement and growth reflects my own personal journey as well. I started out with what I thought was a Big Calling and soon realized that it was only the tip of the iceberg.

What I know now is that this small blog has a very BIG JOB to do – actually two big jobs: 1) serve as witness my own “escape” from the world of mediocrity – both personally and professionally and 2) inspire others to do the same – if they feel that pull.  You can read the blog post I wrote on the day I came to this realization here (my friend @GiniDietrich calls it my manifesto).

And I am certain that I am not alone in craving freedom from the death grip of mediocrity in this world. So, my BIG VISION is to build a tribe of like-minded adventurers who are ready to become extraordinary forces in their worlds. Does this mean we have to go to far off countries and slay giant dragons? It could, or it could just mean transforming our little corner of this world into something amazing.

At least twice a week – sometimes more – I write about my own adventures and escape plans in those areas (and I’m sure I’ll throw in other interesting topics along the way). I also have guest posts from fellow travelers – because I SURE don’t have all the answers. Keep up with the conversations through RSS or email updates – or you can check in here from time to time.

Over the past two years, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to foster, shepherd and grow this unique community. Watching it grow, shift, and galvanize is just so stinkin’ fun! It’s not the first time I’ve done this. I’ve been starting communities out of nothing for forever.

I’ve started two non-profits based on a community model, started and sold two community-centered coaching companies (one of them anchored in the Mary Kay world, the other in the direct-selling at large world), initiated a student/professor community at a university, trained boards of directors on building community as part of their fundraising efforts, and pulled together a TEDx community in the immediate wake of Alabama’s devastating tornadoes, just to give you an idea of how deep the idea of communities runs in my DNA. 🙂

I’m launching a formal project around communities very soon that I cannot wait to a) tell you about and b) invite you to participate in it.

For the moment, here are some places we can start the conversation:

  • ==> Entrepreneurs must have two kinds of communities to succeed – 1) an internal support community and 2) a community of rabid fans.
  • ==> Entrepreneurship involves creativity. We don’t have to be carbon copies of those who appear “successful” out of fear. We can innovate, create, risk – and, of course, use the clues of others to keep us from diving off of a cliff.
  • ==> Living adventurously takes enormous courage. The pressure in our society to “look like everyone else” is enormous. But guess what? You get to choose how you want to live. Take advantage of that freedom and live boldly!
  • ==> Social media is all the rage but even it is being rapidly taken over by so-called gurus who want to sell ga-jillion dollar “systems” that promise fame and riches. And people buy them. Which makes me sad. Social media is for building relationships. If you know how to make a friend, you already have the only system you need.
  • ==> We weren’t put on this earth for the sole purpose of pursuing our own individual happiness. We were put here to bring our unique gifts and talents to the table to make this world a better place. Imagine what we could do if we all did just small things to that end.

If these thing resonate with you – yeah! And if they don’t, that’s okay, too.

Ready for the adventure?! Game On!

Oh wait – you might want to know a little about me, right?

Well, let’s see, what do you want to know?  I’ll start with the fact that I am a small business strategy coach – as well as a trained life coach.  Martha Beck, of Oprah magazine fame, trained me herself.  I’ve run businesses and non-profits, worked as a consultant and a volunteer.  But what I really love is connecting with other smart, savvy, well-read people and having lively discussions about whatever topic shows up.

I am a wife and a mother -some days I am good at those jobs and some days I stink.  Most of the time I’m somewhere in between.  Becoming a mom changed me in many ways.  Mostly I had to become much less selfish and self-centered and yield my position as center of my universe (in case you are wondering, I am not serious – well, not really – at least I think I am kidding…..).

I now worry about all kinds of things that never crossed my radar – like what is in the water we drink, whether I’ve properly taught my child to brush his teeth – or are they all going to fall out because of my shortcomings and if eating pizza twice a week for dinner qualifies me for “bad mommy” status.

Mostly, I am all about just being real in this world and teaching my son to be the same.  Being present, being real, being authentic – that is what I see missing in so many people that I know and what I crave more than anything.