Stay Away from Easy

I sent the following to my department leaders yesterday.  I have modified it a bit for this post’s purposes:

“In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence.”   Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

I’ll change this quote to the following:

“In many companies, ineffectiveness comes from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence.”  As a leader in our department, know that mediocrity is your enemy.  Mediocrity is easy.  As a man named Scott Alexander once said:

“All good is hard. All evil is easy. Dying, losing, cheating, and mediocrity is easy. Stay away from easy.

In order for our company to continue to succeed, we all have to know that hard work is ahead.  Anyone can move up by dishonest means.  Anyone can get attention for doing the wrong things and have others see them as good.

But I want to encourage us all to “stay away from easy”.

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