Mediocre Me: How Saying No to the Status Quo Will Propel You From Ordinary to Extraordinary
John E. Michel
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From The Publisher:
It’s certainly easy to understand why mediocrity seems to be the new norm in our country. After all, take a look around. As you read this we find ourselves burdened with immense national debt, polarized political parties, sky high unemployment, and increasing levels of hunger, homelessness, and hopelessness. All while our discontent with leaders across all segments of society leaves us scratching our heads and searching our hearts to understand, “how did we end up here?”
"Powerful stuff! General John Michel captivates and motivates each of us to act on the opportunities we have every day as citizen leaders to do something to build value into our surroundings. Through the inspirational stories of everyday people leading the positive change they want to see, the reader can't help but seek the answer to "what's my story?" If you're busy, oversubscribed, and finding yourself stalled out in your own status quo, this book is a MUST read. With seemingly minimal maneuver room in my own daily life as a working mother with young children, Mediocre Me is just the wake-up call I needed this season! It has reoriented my thinking, reenergized my attitude and recalibrated my life by helping me realize how by focusing more on possibilities than limitations, I can help make tomorrow a little better than I found it today in my part of the world...one choice at a time."
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• "Quite unintentionally, we fell prey to the lie that success was a right we deserved rather than a privilege we must continue to earn. And just like that, the ethic of personal and collective responsibility, our nation’s true source of strength, began to collapse. Selfishness, propelled by slick marketing campaigns and the nonstop introduction of neat new products designed to make us look younger, feel thinner, or appear happier once again displaced selflessness. A growing sense of individual entitlement overshadowed the importance of maintaining accountability for one’s personal state of affairs."
About the Author
Brigadier General John E. Michel has served our nation as a member of the United States Air Force for twenty-four years. A command pilot with over 3,300 hours of flying time, he has commanded a tanker flying squadron, an expeditionary operations group in support of operations in the Middle East, and a tanker wing in North Dakota. A recognized expert in individual and organizational change, he has led several multi-billion dollar transformation efforts for the Department of Defense, and his work in the area of resilience development and positive change has been adopted for use by the Air Force and reported in the Harvard Business Review. General Michel is currently stationed in Southern Illinois with his wife, Holly, and their two sons, Taylor and Brandon.
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