Exactly. And what is mediocrity? I mean, who is a mediocre person. I hear that word almost as much as I hear the word success. There’s no particular definition.
And a high debt load for middle class people living in extremely expensive coastal cities is usually not from overreaching or buying things they don’t need. It usually is due to the outrageous price of real estate despite having jobs that pay decently.
In all seriousness, a high level of “mediocrity”, likely what people refer to as average or ordinary is actually necessary for any civilization worth a damn for the required allocation of labor and is a result of widely varying abilities and intellect. I am assuming that mid-skilled people are the ones referred to as average; you know, teachers, cops, firemen, nurses and other allied healthcare professionals, 9-5er’s. Most people who enter these fields likely have capped levels of intellectual or physical abilities that match the job or have resources and backgrounds that don’t allow them to do “better”, whatever that means. I’m sure they’re aware they are not designed to be scientists, engineers, financiers, actuaries, and surgeons.
Most of the aforementioned mid-skilled workers didn’t settle; they picked careers that they liked, felt they were the appropriate fit for, or appreciated the benefits, title, and nature of the jobs.
People have to do these jobs anyway, along with lower skilled ones. I don’t see them as “settling” by filling such spots.
Though I like @Basement_Gainz, he seems to be hung up with monetary gain and uses no other factor in quality of life as a measuring stick.
Anyway, the people who spew the statements I posted above usually aren’t aware that they aren’t as unique as they think.
My own mother is an example of a “mediocre” person who now lives good. She worked over 30 years as a teacher, has no debt, receives a pension and annuity many would envy, works part time as she pleases, goes on vacations–all that with enough leftover to spoil me, my son, and wife (well more like voluntarily help). I’m sure she was aware of her abilities. So are others. Many other mediocre type of people have accomplished such. Nope, they weren’t and aren’t rich or extraordinary talented and weren’t grinding and crushing and killing. But they did what they were supposed to do and took care of their families.
Anyway, do people really try to hold others back. I’d find it weird to say to say or imply some talented and ambitious guy to hold his ambition back.