You are not average. Actually, no one is. “Wait a second, Greg. I agree that I’m not average, but lots of people are average. Hello, Greg that’s how they come up with average – it’s most people!”
That’s the funny thing. Todd Rose has done a bunch of research on this and he’s found that not one person is truly average. The averages are made up of statistical models of measurements of all kinds of people, but not one person really fits all the measurements.
Yet, we still try to fit people into the average box. We base our schools on the average child. We base what college we can get into on how far above average our GPA is and how far beyond average we can score on standardized tests. We get hired for our first job in much the same way.
Why? Does real world success correlate closely with those things?
Not really. There is a ton of data showing the correlation is weak.
In Rose’s book, The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World that Values Sameness, you learn how to leverage your uniqueness for uncommon achievement and joy.
The ideas in the book help you in your role as a parent, entrepreneur, team leader, and employee.
Here’s Todd giving a Harvard 8×8 talk about his book.
Questions for comments: What is unique about you that has helped or hurt you? How can you leverage it for even more success?
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