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So Seth Godin wrote a post about mediocrity that caught my eye. I was thinking about this very topic this week. Isn’t it always in our best interest to overcome mediocrity? I know many people complain about certain jobs that, well, are worth the whining – I’m thinking of my friend Maritza who used to work at the Ranger’s ballpark despite the fact that she hated baseball.

Seth talks about making sure we don’t slack off in work, but this discussion must go beyond the quality of production. It must be about passion. It’s easier to do 4% less in a job that makes you want to 4% less. This applies to startups, too. The strongest companies are built by the most passionate people.

Of course, we’ve been wired to make the quickest buck. Maritza didn’t take her job at the ballpark because she wanted to learn more about baseball, meet new people, or even gain experience in sales. She took the job for the same reason most people take a job: we needed the money now.

But Maritza soon dumped the job for a new one in a young social marketing company fancorps. The pay wasn’t better, but Maritza was definitely more passionate about this new job. And guess what? It paid even better. Instead of reserving her full potential, she gave Fancorps even more. I’m deeply proud to say her efforts have translated into success at the company as the company grows from her efforts.

So, we should always consider whether our job inspires the best in us.

On the other hand, and I’m sure this is what Seth is talking about, if you’re still figuring out your passion, you still need a job. That might land you in one that’s uninspiring. So why give 4%? Simple. If you’re the low level phone rep from Seth’s post, you will always benefit from a stronger performance. Your boss will notice, and the customer’s will notice. Happy boss = potential benefits. Happy customers = guaranteed benefits. You see, it’s easy giving people something mediocre because most often people will take it. The grocer doesn’t have to ask me how I’m doing, and I’m not expecting it. But the next waiter, phone rep, chef, lawyer that gives me those extra 4% moments will make a small-but-beneficial difference.

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