Jonathan Fields

The Unfortunate Middle

reason-passion

We are taught, from a young age, to exist in the middle.

Everything in moderation. Don’t be a tall poppy, nor a shrinking violet. Good enough is good enough. The middle way, middle-class, mid-tier. That’s where we want to be. Not so big that we get cut down, and not so small that we can’t stand up. Just, kind of, well, average. That’s the goal.

Build a career that’s okay, not amazing, not terrible. Launch a company that’s cruising along, not struggling and not leading. Build relationships that are, well, “solid,” not empty, nor deeply passionate.

The middle—the coasting life—that’s where life is meant to be lived. That’s what we’re told is a “realistic” aspiration. That’s where the good life is.

Except that it’s not. With rare exception, the middle is not the easier, most comfortable place to be, but rather the hardest to sustain, the most stressful and the least rewarding on nearly every level. Sure, it protects you from the anxiety of growth and the stress of survival, but it also ends up feeling like the worst of both worlds.

It is a place we call “The Unfortunate Middle.” It’s there not to be lived in, but rather passed through. Except, for so many, it’s the place we set up shop…for life. Why that happens, and what to do about it is the focus of today’s Good Life Project Riff.

Be sure to subscribe to our weekly Good Life Updates and listen on iTunes to make sure you never miss an episode!

+++THIS WEEK’S PODCAST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY+++

The 108: Conscious Business Collective -To build what you’re here to build, not just in business but in life, you need people. Nobody…NOBODY…does it alone. The 108 is a conscious business collective of entrepreneurs helping each other rise. We’re down to about the final 25 spots as of March 1st, 2017 and more applications are coming in every day. Move into 2017 with a powerful new family of allies, mentors, champions and collaborators as you work to build a living and a life on a profoundly different level. Learn more at GoodLifeProject.com/the108 and APPLY NOW!

 

Get Your Weekly Dose of Inspiration

Inspiring stories & actionable ideas delivered weekly with a smile.
Start living your best life today.