The Popularity of MediocrityWednesday, September 07, 2011
It's easy to assume that because something is popular it must be good. This isn't true, of course, and we see proof of that in any industry we look at. The TV and music industries have been making mediocrity popular for decades. In fact, terrible music far outsells good music. Just because something is popular doesn’t make it great. Just because everyone wants it doesn’t make it good.
It’s really hard to stick with your bigger vision when it seems like everyone rewards the mediocrity that’s so popular. And so, little by little, we make compromises in order to chase the numbers and perks of popularity rather than the rewards that come with producing something of excellence.
Produce excellence regardless of whether or not the masses can tell it apart from everything else. Your audience can tell a difference and by sticking to your vision of what your art and work should look like, you'll stand out. It may be the more difficult road, but it is the better road.