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Remember these 20 quotes when you sink into mediocrity

It does not matter if you are working a 9 to 5 job or hustling for your start-up, mediocrity is not something you should aim for.

This is because no matter what your calling is in life, strive to be the best version of yourself.

Never settle for less in everything you do.
So the next time you find yourself slowly sinking and living a life of mediocrity, here are 20 quotes to inspire you:

“Most humans, in varying degrees, are already dead. In one way or another they have lost their dreams, their ambitions, their desire for a better life. They have surrendered their fight for self-esteem and they have compromised their great potential. They have settled for a life of mediocrity, days of despair and nights of tears. They are no more than living deaths confined to cemeteries of their choice. Yet they need not remain in that state. They can be resurrected from their sorry condition. They can each perform the greatest miracle in the world. They can each come back from the dead…”

Og Mandino

“A life of mediocrity is a waste of life.”

Colleen Hoover

“Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.”

Will Smith

“The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.”

Colin Powell

“Stop letting your fear condemn you to mediocrity.”

Steve Maraboli

“Don’t waste your life. No one chooses mediocrity but many settle for it. Never settle.”


“If any of you have a desire to be mediocre, you will probably find that you have already achieved your ambition.”

Hugh B. Brown

“Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people.”

Joseph Joubert.

“The uncertainties in life are so uncertain for us to determine the kind woe we shall be entangled in in the next future. When you stay dormant, your life is at risk; when you dare to take a step, you take a step to take a risk. We have a choice. Yes! a choice to choose to dare to get to our real reasons on earth or to choose to live in mediocrity and conformity, but, we ought to note that, it is riskier to risk nothing when the life we live is always at risk.”

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“Mediocrity is always a safe option but never a satisfactory one.”

Apoorve Dubey

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“Mediocrity is comfortable, it makes you join the crowd, but would you like to be remembered as part of the crowd or someone followed by the crowd? For rising above the crowd – don’t be a slave to procedures, practice more & improvise.”

Shahenshah Hafeez Khan

“Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams. Yes, expand your dreams. Don’t accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness.”

Robin Sharma

“If a man is called a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Be not afraid of going slowly. Be afraid only of standing still.”

Chinese proverb

“In our desire to please everyone, it’s very easy to end up being invisible or mediocre.”

Seth Godin

“Ridicule is the tribute paid to the genius by the mediocrities.”

Oscar Wilde

“Mediocrity is the worst enemy of prosperity.”

Henry Ford

“Don’t settle for mediocrity. Take a chance. Take a risk. Find that passion. Rekindle it. Fall in love all over again. It’s really worth it.”

Brian Cranston

“Without self -discipline, potentials are useless and mediocrity becomes the plague of life.”

Clement Ogedegbe

“Those touchy mediocrities who sit trembling lest someone’s work prove greater than their own – they have no inkling of the loneliness that comes when you reach the top. The loneliness for an equal – for a mind to respect and an achievement to admire…They envy achievement, and their dream of greatness is a world where all men have become their acknowledged inferiors. They don’t know that that dream is the infallible proof of mediocrity, because that sort of world is what the man of achievement would not be able to bear.”

Ayn Rand
Patricia Hului
Patricia Hului is a Kayan who wants to live in a world where you can eat whatever you want and not gain weight. She grew up in Bintulu, Sarawak and graduated from the University Malaysia Sabah with a degree in Marine Science. She worked for The Borneo Post SEEDS, which is now defunct. When she's not writing, you can find her in a studio taking belly dance classes, hiking up a hill or browsing through Pinterest. Follow her on Instagram at @patriciahului, Facebook at Patricia Hului at or Twitter at @patriciahului.

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