You realize, most people don’t aim too high and miss, they aim too low and hit. -Tony Danza, I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had
Most of us settle for mediocre because it’s easy. We think that exceptional results require exception effort. Few of us realize that if we stop wasting time doing the stuff we’re average (or worse) at doing and focus on our strengths, we’d get a lot further in life with a lot less effort.
I know, the problem is that most of us don’t know what we’re good at, let alone what we’re exceptional at. The current American school system is geared toward making everyone uniformly mediocre. Kids are subjected to a battery of standardized tests that gauge whether they know as much as they should about reading, math, and science at their grade level, no more, no less. Even if you pass all of the tests with high scores, it only means that you possess the average knowledge that an average person should have — according to the government. It doesn’t tell you your strengths, and it certainly doesn’t tell you anything at all about your creativity, your passion, and your purpose in life.
You need to seek those things for yourself, and when you have even the vaguest idea of the direction you want to go, learn everything you can. Find peers with the same calling, find mentors, and then you can figure out where your strengths are.