Not-amazing is often better than amazing…

…because you probably won’t do anything amazing, but you might do something not-amazing right now.

Let me explain using this blog as an example.

I started this blog spontaneously while house sitting for a friend. I knew I wanted to start a personal blog, but I didn’t have the time, energy, resources, or guts at that specific moment to actually start it the “right way” (with my own domain name and looking all cool and all).

Instead, I signed up for this free and easy to set up account. I published my first post less than half an hour after I started setting it up.

So is this blog amazing? No, not really.

But is this blog running. Yes, it sure is.

And that’s the key difference between amazing and not-amazing. All other things equal, sure, absolutely… amazing is way better than not-amazing. But in the real world, we don’t usually do amazing, so it’s far, far better to go with not-amazing. Because not-amazing actually gets done.

In other words, given the choice between “doing not-amazing”  and “not doing amazing,” I’m going with the first one every time… or at least I’m trying to.

In fact, this post grew out of an idea I tweeted on Twitter:

“Being amazing means being faithful, and being faithful means being persistent through all the stuff that’s not amazing.”

And that idea came to me while I was doing something not-amazing.