TO BE OR NOT TO BE…? EXTRAORDINARY THAT IS

This post is in response to my good friend Augusto Pinaud’s last blog entry. He discusses how doing very good work keeps us “in the pile”. It makes us just another guy. My comments:

Such a great point, yet such a hard thing to accomplish. It’s easy, i know, to blame our busy lives for our lack of extraordinary performance. Hiding behing the very good work we do, both in our professional and personal lives, allows us to continue on with the assurance that we are doing very good work.

This discussion reminds me of a conversation we had when we talked about the fear of success. I think this applies. I think that fear in general (for failure or success) is what makes us mediocre, average, and keeps un in the pile.

Making a conscious decision to stop the good work and do something extraordinary raises questions that awaken those fears: for example, will this extraordinary thing i’m going to be extraordinary to me or will be recognized as such by the world? How do we measure what’s extraordinary and what’s very good if it not based on others’ opinion?

To read Augusto’s blog visit: www.augustopinaud.com

One thought on “TO BE OR NOT TO BE…? EXTRAORDINARY THAT IS

  1. My response to your comment in my blog:

    Cynthia you ask: How do we measure what’s extraordinary and what’s very good if it not based on others’ opinion?

    I think that if you feel safe, must likely you are doing Good Work. When I am handling a sales deal based on Run Rates or a little over Run Rates I am playing safe, when you take a risk and make the sale out you are doing extraordinary, when you are willing to conquer the fear, and spend time writing that book, that will change your life, you are doing extraordinary, when you create a new ad that boost your costumer sales you are extraordinary, when you play safe, and you are sure things will go well, you are most likely doing a good or a very good work, but not an extraordinary one. The problem is that when you are doing good or very good job, it is hard to take the risk to be extraordinary…

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