The Gray (Wo)Man

School and life are designed around averages.  It seems like all we talk about are averages.  The average income, the average test score, the average American.

I don’t know anyone who is average.

Yet the tendency is there to sand down the edges and to make everything palatable to everyone – the culinary equivalent of plain pasta.

Plain pasta tastes like nothing – that’s why it’s the ‘least unpopular’ food in the world.  People don’t tend to rave about the taste of pasta itself, they rave about the sauces that stick to it.

And that’s what average is; it’s the LEAST UNPOPULAR.

Which is another way of saying the most invisible, the most uninteresting, the most forgettable.  In the spy world they call this person the ‘grey man’, capable of blending in and going unnoticed as he goes about his business.

The grey man strategy used to be a perfectly acceptable route to the quiet, simple American life, but I’m not sure that there are many options for that anymore…and I’m honestly not sure that average success has ever really existed.

If 'average' success no longer exists, then what is the opposite?

Do you know how to create 'non average' success?

The Vaikido Hero Unschool

Unschool – to unhabituate from behaviors, beliefs, and paradigms that prevent prosperity in the connection economy.

Heroic Contribution – An approach to career and business building that builds and attracts a loyal following.