Don’t ever settle for ordinary, average, unexceptional. I’m not talking about the scale, quantity, or fame of your achievement, but rather in the quality and influence of your purpose. Investing in people, building your confidence by stepping out of your comfort zone, and being bold will drive you forward and bring increase.
The value of your purpose is neither in its size nor in the acknowledgement of others. Feeding a family in your neighborhood, feeding the homeless downtown, feeding millions in Africa – which has more value? Whichever one is done with passion and out of compassion. Whichever one challenges you to step outside of yourself. Whichever one is done with excellence. And no one can really know this except you. How many you reach pales in comparison to the quality of your reach.
Even when you’re feeling small, or others think of you as small, don’t settle for mediocre. Taking the easy route will always leave you feeling less than confident in what you have to offer and keep you from moving onward and upward in your purpose.