When I was in high school, I brought home a “C” on a report card. My dad was livid.
“It’s fine,” I said. “C means average.”
This launched him into a tirade about being average. “Are you content to be average?” he bellowed. “Do you want an average life?”
The truth is, most of our work is below average. When you produce a body of work, most of it isn’t good. But in the process of generating the bad work, the good work rises to the top. For every hundred pages written, you’ve struck gold if ten of them are readable.
As Seth Godin says in this interview on The Marie Forleo Podcast, “…of course half of [my blog posts] are below average. That’s what average means…Most times I have a blog post that takes me five days to write, it doesn’t resonate…I never know. So since you don’t know, since this is mostly about luck, what you do is you show up at the right place at the right time with your best effort and then you hope that today’s a lucky day.”
Most of my blog posts aren’t very good. But that’s not the point. The point is showing up to do the work and inviting people to wonder with me.
All we can do is show up and ask the questions.
If we stumble into answers along the way, that’s icing on the cake.