Is Average In Your Windshield, Passenger Seat or Rear View Mirror?

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The young man stuck around after a presentation. He was the first of three with a question. He wasn’t much older than my oldest grandson. I am very seldom without words but his question deserved my full attention. He asked;

“How does an average person get ahead in life?”

I asked if he was in a hurry and he said no. I asked him to have a seat and I would be right with him. I answered the two questions of the other attendees and sat down with the young man.

Below is a short summary of my suggestions to the young man;

“The first thing you must do is not ever refer to yourself as average again. Your performance will never exceed your opinion of yourself.

You must do whatever you can to put average in your rear view mirror and press the gas. Average people are overextended, overweight and over stressed.

The only way to remove yourself from average is by reading, listening to, attending and watching what average people will never read, listen to, attend or watch. You must also limit your time around average people.

There will always be average people and there is nothing wrong with average unless you want more out of life. Divorcing yourself from average must be intentional; it cannot be accidental. Once you separate yourself from average, you will be amazed at the opportunities that will come your way.

Being Unaverage has very little to do with your income. If you live within your means, you have already separated yourself from the average American.”

I suggested a few books, YouTube videos and podcasts that were part of my personal growth journey. We discussed some other items and we parted ways.

There is an old saying that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. That afternoon, I was the teacher. Later that night and as long as I am able to speak or write, I will be the student of that young man. He made me realize I must fight average every day of my life or Average will win. I must become UnAverage and it MUST be intentional and daily.

I have begun to look at each aspect of my life. My Faith, Family, Finances, Health, Career and social life. Where am I average and what can I; 

  1. Stop
  2. Start
  3. Improve
  4. Repeat

Click HERE for a graphic of the average American’s finances.

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Thank you for your time as we Battle Average together.

Greg Gilbert

Margin Financial Group

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