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Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo Will Propel You from Ordinary to Extraordinary

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If you were to account for your life at this moment—are you living up to your own potential?  Does your present state of affairs give you reason to be disappointed or discouraged? Is your job unsatisfying…your relationships far from what they could be…your spiritual life a mere shadow of what it once was?  If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then there is a very good chance you--like scores of other Americans--have been lulled into accepting a life that is simply "good enough." This is what I term a Mediocre Me Mindset--a confining way of thinking about your role in the world that convinces you to settle for the perceived safety of the status quo rather than push outside your comfort zone to try and make tomorrow a little better than you found it today.

In Mediocre Me, you will find a simple, yet profoundly powerful approach to rethinking the way you view your role in the world. Its a proven means of breaking free from the grasp of mediocrity so you can lead a life of true purpose, meaning, and significance. And perhaps the best part of all…its not a new idea!  The concepts in Mediocre Me are actually anchored in an over two thousand year old legend. One that reminds us we are at our individual and collective best not when we are standing still, unwitting prisoners of the status quo, but rather, when we are unafraid to reject apathy and embrace action by leading the positive change we want to see occur in our surroundings.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “America is another name for opportunity.” At a time in our nations history when we seem more divided than united, more fearful than hopeful, there can be no more fence-sitting.  Its time to begin writing a different, more empowering personal leadership story of your own. One that will energize you to do what you can, when you can, where you can, to be a force for good in your part of the world when doing so is needed now more than ever.

Synopsis:

Its certainly easy to understand why mediocrity seems to be the new norm in our country. After all, take a look around. As you read this we find ourselves burdened with immense national debt, polarized political parties, sky high unemployment, and increasing levels of hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness. All while our discontent with leaders across all segments of society leaves us scratching our heads and searching our hearts to understand, “how did we end up here?”

The more important question, of course, is where do we go from here? And, as importantly, what role will you play? This is where I have some good news to offer. (No More) Mediocre Me reminds us the solution to the current mess we're in is already present—“invisible” in plain sight. Its not found in another government program nor can it be dictated merely by expert opinions. Rather, the answer to our individual and collective challenges is found in the inspiring example of those citizen-leaders in our midst who are hard at work trying to move things solidly forward in their spheres of influence. And, best of all, they are waiting for more of us to join them.

Sound frightening? Challenging? Too difficult to pull off, you say?

Think again.

Synopsis:

"Quite unintentionally, we fell prey to the lie that success was a right we deserved rather than a privilege we must continue to earn. And just like that, the ethic of personal and collective responsibility, our nations true source of strength, began to collapse. Selfishness, propelled by slick marketing campaigns and the nonstop introduction of neat new products designed to make us look younger, feel thinner, or appear happier once again displaced selflessness. A growing sense of individual entitlement overshadowed the importance of maintaining accountability for ones personal state of affairs."

Synopsis:

Ever notice when you “go the extra mile” you dont have much company?  Want to know why?

Most people accept a Mediocre Me mindset that convinces them good enough is good enough—no need to go that extra mile.  However, truly effective people think and act differently.  They choose to always be and do more—recognizing the true measure of a life well lived isnt determined by titles, ranks, roles, or positions.  Rather, its what we choose to do with every day opportunities to have more impact, make more of a difference, and do our best work to stand out from the crowd. 

This book is for you if youre interested in raising the bar and you…

• Cant tolerate average, but arent sure how to break free from it

• Are resourceful, open-minded, and driven by what is possible

• Are done settling and ready to claim the life youve always wanted.

The exciting news is learning how to develop an extra mile mentality is easy.  After reading this book, you will be equipped to routinely transform ordinary encounters into extraordinary opportunities to create the positive change you want to see---one interaction at a time.

Im looking forward to helping you discover how to get started. 

Synopsis:

Living up to your own potential? Job unsatisfying? Are your relationships far from what they could be?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then there is a very good chance you have been lulled into a Mediocre Me Mindset—a confining way of thinking that convinces you to lead a life far smaller and narrower than you are capable of leading.

Heres the good news--it doesnt have to stay this way. In these pages I will introduce you to a simple, yet profoundly powerful series of choices you can begin making today in your home, workplace, worship space, or community that will immediately:

Increase your effectiveness

Improve your relationships

Renew your confidence

Enhance your motivation

Elevate your satisfaction

Multiply your influence

Enrich your life

As you'll discover, we are all only one choice away from beginning to live the life we have always wanted. If you're tired of settling for less than your best and are ready to make more of a difference, then its time to say no to the status quo and yes to leading your life in a more excellent way--beginning now.

About the Author

OFallon, Illinois

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Legend of the Willing Burden Bearer

Introduction: Dont Ignore Warnings    

Part One: Redefining our Boundary Markers

Chapter 1: The Mess Were In

Chapter 2: Sparks of Positive Change

Chapter 3: Invisible in Plain Sight

Chapter 4: Make Different, More Empowering Choices

Part Two: The Choices: Transforming Good Intentions Into Deliberate Attitudes and Actions

The First Choice: Take Risks...Be Proactive

Chapter 5: Be the First Penguin

Chapter 6: Risk Going First

The Second Choice: Model the Change You Want to See...Be Responsible

Chapter 7: Be the Difference You Want to See    

Chapter 8: Reclaim Responsibility

The Third Choice: Love thy Neighbor...Be Compassionate

Chapter 9: Practice Jen

Chapter 10: Suffer With Affection

The Fourth Choice: Fight for Whats Right...Be Truthful

Chapter 11: Be Willing to Give It All    

Chapter 12: Live Your Truth

The Fifth Choice: Embrace Change...Be Hopeful

Chapter 13: Facing Your Fear of Change

Chapter 14: Make Hope a Habit

The Sixth Choice: Check Your Ego...Be Grateful

Chapter 15: Beware the Ego Trap

Chapter 16: Practice Thankfulness

The Final Choice: Make Your Character Count...Be Real

Chapter 17: Character: Coin of the Realm

Chapter 18: Dont Chunk!

Conclusion: Lead Your Life for a Higher Purpose

Epilogue: Dream Big Dreams    

www.secondmilesolution.com

Notes, Cautions and Warnings Summary

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Endnotes

What Our Readers Are Saying

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fritzmt, December 12, 2012 (view all comments by fritzmt)
“Mediocre Me” is a potentially life-changing book with enormous application to current and ongoing events in today's society. If you watch the news, then this is the book you need to read--Now--to help you plot a course towards being an active leader of real, lasting change. Insightful, funny, full of reference, and dedicated to a common-good cause, “Mediocre Me” stood out to me thanks to the credibility of its author: John Michel. Brigadier General Michel stands out as a mighty-leader of our generation, and this book sheds light on his thoughts for our future. Rather than dire predictions about the gloom that might be coming, Gen Michel exudes optimism and highlights that we are all leaders--if only of ourselves--and that we have a strong-hand to play in where our families, our communities and our societies are heading. A “take responsibility” theme is refreshing, motivating…and timeless. Best of all, it becomes a handbook that can be referenced quickly with a handy “Notes, Warnings and Cautions” section that is sure to morph into catch phrases splattered across the walls of high-performing organizations. In short"this book is a motivator. Gen Michel enjoyably shares his vision for a solution"and gives us the simple instructions to make it happen. Better than a good read, “Mediocre Me” is a swift-kick in the pants to stand up, take responsibility and take action!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781614484400
Subtitle:
How Saying No to the Status Quo Will Propel You From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Author:
Michel, John E.
Publisher:
Morgan James Publishing
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Psychology
Edition Description:
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Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
312
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"Synopsis" by ,
Its certainly easy to understand why mediocrity seems to be the new norm in our country. After all, take a look around. As you read this we find ourselves burdened with immense national debt, polarized political parties, sky high unemployment, and increasing levels of hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness. All while our discontent with leaders across all segments of society leaves us scratching our heads and searching our hearts to understand, “how did we end up here?”

The more important question, of course, is where do we go from here? And, as importantly, what role will you play? This is where I have some good news to offer. (No More) Mediocre Me reminds us the solution to the current mess we're in is already present—“invisible” in plain sight. Its not found in another government program nor can it be dictated merely by expert opinions. Rather, the answer to our individual and collective challenges is found in the inspiring example of those citizen-leaders in our midst who are hard at work trying to move things solidly forward in their spheres of influence. And, best of all, they are waiting for more of us to join them.

Sound frightening? Challenging? Too difficult to pull off, you say?

Think again.

"Synopsis" by ,
"Quite unintentionally, we fell prey to the lie that success was a right we deserved rather than a privilege we must continue to earn. And just like that, the ethic of personal and collective responsibility, our nations true source of strength, began to collapse. Selfishness, propelled by slick marketing campaigns and the nonstop introduction of neat new products designed to make us look younger, feel thinner, or appear happier once again displaced selflessness. A growing sense of individual entitlement overshadowed the importance of maintaining accountability for ones personal state of affairs."
"Synopsis" by ,
Ever notice when you “go the extra mile” you dont have much company?  Want to know why?

Most people accept a Mediocre Me mindset that convinces them good enough is good enough—no need to go that extra mile.  However, truly effective people think and act differently.  They choose to always be and do more—recognizing the true measure of a life well lived isnt determined by titles, ranks, roles, or positions.  Rather, its what we choose to do with every day opportunities to have more impact, make more of a difference, and do our best work to stand out from the crowd. 

This book is for you if youre interested in raising the bar and you…

• Cant tolerate average, but arent sure how to break free from it

• Are resourceful, open-minded, and driven by what is possible

• Are done settling and ready to claim the life youve always wanted.

The exciting news is learning how to develop an extra mile mentality is easy.  After reading this book, you will be equipped to routinely transform ordinary encounters into extraordinary opportunities to create the positive change you want to see---one interaction at a time.

Im looking forward to helping you discover how to get started. 

"Synopsis" by ,
Living up to your own potential? Job unsatisfying? Are your relationships far from what they could be?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, then there is a very good chance you have been lulled into a Mediocre Me Mindset—a confining way of thinking that convinces you to lead a life far smaller and narrower than you are capable of leading.

Heres the good news--it doesnt have to stay this way. In these pages I will introduce you to a simple, yet profoundly powerful series of choices you can begin making today in your home, workplace, worship space, or community that will immediately:

Increase your effectiveness

Improve your relationships

Renew your confidence

Enhance your motivation

Elevate your satisfaction

Multiply your influence

Enrich your life

As you'll discover, we are all only one choice away from beginning to live the life we have always wanted. If you're tired of settling for less than your best and are ready to make more of a difference, then its time to say no to the status quo and yes to leading your life in a more excellent way--beginning now.

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