You are the one.
It’s a line uttered so often in movies, games, books, TV talent shows.
The hero finds the untapped well of hidden power to be harnessed or the look back at the contestant’s story as they survive each competition round on their march towards victory.
We forget the other talented hopefuls, the ones who disappear from our screens despite being told earnestly only a few rounds before. “You’re so special. You were born to do this”.
The story doesn’t linger on them or the other non-chosen.
Most of us know the truth. Statistically speaking we are simply not the chosen ones. I have no hidden superpowers or talents. I didn’t jump from my cot tap dancing or write mathematical formula in the windows of my bedroom growing up. I’ve worked hard at everything I’ve done, but not enough to get close to a 10,000 hour bar of mastery.
Mediocrity, I know means precisely being nestled in the belly of the normal distribution curve with my fellow 68.3%. Most of us, here in the middle realise the chances of achieving astronomical, ridiculous success is destined only for the few at the thin sliver of the curve end. The smartest, the special and the lucky. We buy their books and watch their successes happen somewhere far off in the distance, a few big deviation hops away from us.
This fact. That I am definitely with chartable probability quite average, doesn’t in fact stop me from working each day to change things up. In the cosy huddle of the crowded middle there are people looking for a different kind of story. Those seeking a life not necessarily anointed by others as a chosen few or the talented outliers always destined to be.
The hero’s journey has been replaced in today’s generation X and Y culture by the entrepreneur’s spirit. A title now not just defined as starting a business, but holding the gall to dream big, bounce with resilience and attack each opportunity with playful optimism. It pervades even in the face of a looming uncertain future on both economic and environmental fronts, or perhaps thrives precisely because of this.
Matt Cheuvront still, I think, has one of the best descriptions around:
It is with this mindset that being in the middle, as an average Joey questing in Webland today, I find it has never been a more exciting and perfect place to be.
This post was a serendipitous prompt from WordPress.com’s Daily Post challenge. The posts for Quest to Gammify 2013 will resume from next week.