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Lucas Avelleda

Athlete, International Shotokan Karate Federation


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How to overcome mediocrity?

"Do you know what lies at the bottom of the mainstream? Mediocrity."
Death in Venice, Thomas Mann

Mediocre: Ordinary; not extraordinary; not special, exceptional, or great; of medium quality;

How to bring people out of mediocrity?
Why do people feel attracted to mediocrity?
Where does extraordinary ideas come from?
How does mediocrity affect our lives?
What are the things that can help us find those areas of interest and what can help us explore and go from ordinary to extraordinary?
How is mediocrity related to happiness?


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  • Apr 12 2011: well i recently read a book called the fear of freadom by erich fromm in wich the basic idea is how whe cannot free ourselves because by doing so we retreat from society we become us, but this makes us sad because it makes us feel alone so we have the need of belonging to society and the only way to do this is by sacrificing a part of us if not all in order to be what you call mediocre
    i think this may answer your second question...
    and i think the only way of stop being mediocre is for people to do what they are happy doing with people who are also happy doing that and doing it because they want to i guess like a university for kids in witch they would explore what they like since the beginning and devote their lives to their passion and have a job as soon as they leave ...
    its really a complicated matter you know how to know what can a person be extraordinary at its the key if this comes in the genes maybe that way ... i think for starters we should divide schools in art phisical education and ciences and let people combine stuff into what they want maybe like that and not sufocating the kids with grades just like learn what you want ... just thoughts saludos
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      Apr 12 2011: Hi Fernando, thanks for sharing your ideas with us!
      By reading what you wrote, I think we can conclude that we're happier when we're not ordinary, even though we have to stop belonging to a "group" or society. Here's why:
      - Are you happy belonging to a group where you're you're not happy on the things you are doing? Don't you prefer to do things that you like and that you're passionate about? Is it worthy to stay in this group or change to another one, where you can do the things that you really want? Is the "sacrifice" that you mentioned really worthy? (take a look on Mark's first topic). I think that when you can't express yourself the way you want you're not going to be happy. The thing is to look for people and groups that have the same "nature" as you.
      - I agree with you that one of the best ways to move from mediocrity to extraordinary is by doing what you like with the people you're happy with. That's an excellent point, Fernando! I think that sharing ideas is one of the best ways to discover things you're very interested and also to find people who have ideas related to yours.
      About this "university for kids" that you mentioned, did you know that there's a school in Portugal where students are given the right and responsibility to choose what to do with their time and attention? It's called "Escola da Ponte" I suggest you to take a look at this link to understand it better: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_education
      Tell me what you think about it after reading!

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