Few days ago, one of my newly hired designers came to me to show a design that was not even mediocre at its best.
He didn’t say anything but got back to his drawing board when I asked, “Is this your best work?”
If I would have measured my blood pressure at that time, I’m sure it would be much higher.
Not because the deadline was about to miss. Not because my designer’s capabilities was any less. It was because the premise that the designer operated from: mediocrity might work this time.
No. Mediocrity won’t work. Not this time. Not anytime. If it works for someone, it is a fluke.
I wish the designer was taught to tell his past leaders on face: Raise your standards for me. I deserve more than what mediocrity may produce in my life.
The designer’s life would be much different if he had worked for a leader who would push him to his limits and bring his excellence out.
Take ownership of your life. Find a leader who does not accept mediocrity. Find a leader who pushes his people to the limits. Find a leader who makes you uncomfortable for all good reasons.
And work for him. Even if you get less salary than what you will get working for a mediocre leader. It’s a very small cost to pay.
Will it make you feel comfortable?
Will it make your life better over the long run?
This applies to you even if the leader is you.