“Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.” – Will Smith
Guilty. I am guilty of wanting things to be realistic. I look at life and want practicality and facts to back my decisions. However, those decisions are often calculated risks.
I think Will Smith is right in this statement, but I think there is more to being realistic than just weighing the odds and doing what is practical or safe. Sometimes it takes a realistic approach to a situation to make you take a risk and step off the the “road to mediocrity”. I know that is the case for me, at least.
When my husband and I left our full time jobs to pursue our own businesses it was not a reckless, throw caution to the wind, decision. We spent hours and hours over countless weeks thinking about and analyzing whether or not we could make this venture work. We talked numbers, timelines and reality.
What it came down to, was, this is what we want to do and we can pursue this dream realistically. The reality was the motivation behind it all. The real facts and numbers gave us the peace of mind to take a chance.
While being realistic can cause complacency, it can also drive change. I think, like anything, you have to balance reality and dreams to achieve greater and better things. The concept is no different than the idea of “controlled growth” or taking “calculated risks”. It is a matter of knowing the facts and then acting on them. In the end, those who act will achieve.