IMO, extraordinariness is accepting ones ordinariness.
Why is this so underrated?
I am proud and content to be 'ordinary'! I am not outstanding at anything skill-based. Not to put myself down at all
1. I could be outstanding at various things if I had out the hours in (10,000 hours an expert does make and all that!)
2. I am good at many things, I think, but I sit in that huge 80% bell curve that constitutes, well, 80% of us and I am totally comfortable with that. The world cannot be filled with that top 10% (assuming another 10% at bottom). It must be so very hard to maintain excellence. This sounds really mediocre but I honestly feel it is a more contented place to be. I only wish my boys to be somewhere by CHOICE. Ok, it would be lovely for them to be in a career that uses their brains, and I'm sure they will be, but if getting into the 'professions' means they are subjected to stress that tips over into affecting their mental health then I'd pull them out in a heartbeat. Its just not worth it. Better a happy gardener (nothing against that, I'd love to be a gardener, but not a traditionally 'top drawer' job) than a miserable barrister.