What does it mean to be great? How do you measure success? The answers to these questions aren’t complicated. One of my favorite quotes by Jimmy Johnson says, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” So how is success measured you ask? Isn’t it by that little extra?
Even though I put Albert Einstein as the featured image, it does not mean you have to be an einstein in order to be extraordinary. At one point in time, everyone started as just ordinary until they did something that made them “successful.” That word success is something we throw around a lot and try to measure it. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen the conversations for measuring success in any math class.
If it’s true that success can’t be measured, why are we doing it? The truth, because everyone else does. I love history as some of you can probably tell, but there are a few things I also dislike about it. For example, we all know the Wright brothers. They created the first successful airplane. That’s great and all, but what about the person who created the second successful airplane? In my opinion, he’s just as successful. The world tells us we have to do this or be like that in order to be someone in this world. But it’s not true.
We are all extraordinary whether our not we invent a plane, an atomic theory, or become billionaires. The fact that everyone who did these things are extraordinary just means we need to do our “extra” in order to reach that level. No one just wakes up one day and decides to be great. Not celebrities or Alexander the Great and he even has great in his name. So no matter how many accolades, awards, or trophies someone has they’re still like you, ordinary. The only difference is they went out and did the extra.