Average?

     The start of the A-Z blogging challenge catches me rather busy this week officially rolling into a new full time position while filling in for Wild Bill Lewis on 97-5 Y-Country, working on a couple of articles for the Herald Palladium, teaching Organizational Behavior for Lake Michigan College and preparing for a Bridges Out of Poverty Day One Training to lead at Andrews University soon.  Then there's the homework for my PhD in Organizational Psychology.
     In working (or volunteering) for more than 25 years in community and individual development and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, I've come to abhor the word average.  The average American makes less than a 1/4 of what are U.S. Congressman does, and .0000008th of what the average CEO makes. President Bush was only an average (C) student in college, but managed to become President. I don't know the real numbers, but I know a lot of business owners and leaders who in academic settings couldn't climb above scholastic average, but in the world of building teams and succesfull organizations are vastly superior.
    I don't believe I've ever really met someone who was average. I've met and worked with individuals who were overwhelmed by events in life, or the damage inflicted upon them by others. I've met folks who were so busy trying to be what others wanted of them they had no idea who they were or could be.  I've met thousands of students who didn't fit the boxes our education system tries to make everyone fit.  All of them were passionate, brilliant, innovative and worth helping to see a different vision than whatever was current.  Average was just a label somebody else used in looking at their grades, resume, dress, or current status in life.  I can't do it.  It's a word that after this brief post is being banished from my vocabulary everywhere.      
     Statistically we can crunch data and find the mean, median, and mode for anything we want.  I'd much rather meet folks where they are and help them see how they can build a path to becoming more.  Average is just a number on a spreadsheet.  People have more value than spreadsheets.  At least that's my opinion.

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