In University, each student has a major (or concentration) and there are prerequisite classes required to qualify for advanced courses and transition from one grade level to the next. Let's apply that model to the "remarkable" and the "mediocre" ones.
To qualify for "remarkable", the following prerequisites apply:
1. genuine interest in the subject area or field we operate in daily
2. consistently acquiring new knowledge about that subject area or field
3. continuously applying acquired knowledge to improve the quality of products, processes and systems related to that subject area or field
4. confirmation that the "WHAT" of our life (activities, creations, plans, and goals achieved) are in alignment with the "WHY" of our life (purposeful way we know we're gifted to impact our world and those in it)
5. constant fulfillment and joy from the daily "WHAT" of our life
To qualify for "mediocre", the following prerequisites apply:
1. lack of interest in the subject area or field we operate in daily
2. no desire to acquire new knowledge about that subject area / field (or any other)
3. no application of knowledge to improve subject-related products, processes and systems
4. 100% misalignment between the current "WHAT" and actual "WHY" of our life
5. no fulfillment or joy from the daily "WHAT" of our life
We all have the capacity to be "remarkable" however we don't always meet up with our prerequisites. Ironically, many times we incorrectly consider ourselves to be on the "remarkable" track when that's really not the case. The "remarkable" prerequisites are a combination deal -- all 5 prerequisites are mandatory.
If our life's "WHY" and "WHAT" are in alignment yet we don't continuously learn about our fields or apply newly acquired approaches and knowledge to improve the things we do, then we're on a "mediocre" journey. On a similar note, if we're continuously toiling away to invest time, energy, knowledge, and sleepless nights into "WHAT" we do / create yet it doesn't truly interest us or bring us fulfillment & joy or give us a clear sense of "HOW" we're purposefully impacting our world through it, then we have not succeeded and we're also on a "mediocre" journey.
So, the next time we look at our lives, let's pay attention to which category of prerequisites listed above we're living out -- are they leading us on the road to "remarkable city" or "mediocre town"?
If it's mediocre town, let's redirect ourselves onto the "remarkable path" by getting the WHAT we do, HOW we do it, and WHY we do it in the right order :)