Average vs. Greater

From the United Methodist 2012 Think Greater Campaign

1. Average people long for the good old days. Greater people dream of the future.

“People who do great things do so because they’re willing to bet on themselves and project their dreams, goals and ideas into an unknown future”.

“People who believe their best days are behind them rarely do anything great, and often struggle with unhappiness and depression.”

2. Average people earn money doing things they don’t love. Greater people follow their passion.

“To the average person, it looks like greater people don’t really have a “real job”. “But one of the smartest strategies of the greater is doing what they love and finding a way to get paid for it.”

On the other hand, many people take jobs they don’t enjoy “because they need the money and they’ve been trained in school and conditioned by society to live in a linear thinking world that equates earning money with physical or mental effort.”

3. Average people set low expectations so they’re never disappointed. Greater people are up for the challenge.

“Psychologists and other mental health experts often advise people to set low expectations for their life to ensure they are not disappointed,”

“No one would ever do anything great and live their dreams without huge expectations.”

4. Average people live beyond their means. Greater people live below theirs.

“Here’s how to live below your means and tap into the secret greater people have used for centuries: Understand what is worth having.”

“The greater live below their means, not because they earn so much, but because they understand what is really worth having – they feel like they live like royalty while still being able to give and save for the future.”

5. Average people would rather be entertained than educated. Greater people would rather be educated than entertained.

While the greater don’t put much stock in furthering wealth through formal education, they appreciate the power of learning long after school is over.

“Walk into a greater person’s home and one of the first things you’ll see is an extensive library of books they’ve used to educate themselves about the broader world”.

“The folks who never grow read novels, tabloids and entertainment magazines.”

6. Average people play it safe. Greater people know when to take risks.

“Trying is the watchword of the greater.”

“Every person fails, but the greater know no matter what happens, they will always be able to succeed again.”

7. Average people love to be comfortable. Greater people find comfort in uncertainty.

For the most part, it takes guts to take the risks necessary to make it a difference in the world–– a challenge most average thinkers aren’t comfortable living with.

“Physical, psychological, and emotional comfort is the primary goal of the average mindset”.

Greater thinkers learn early on that making a difference in the world isn’t easy and the need for comfort can be devastating. They learn to be comfortable while operating in a state of ongoing uncertainty.”