We live in a culture that shouts in our ear that we must become successful. That we must kill any "averageness" within us, and replace it with boldness, exceptionalism and success. (After all, "settling" is practically the worst crime you could possibly commit in our self improvement culture.)
Research shows successful people do all kinds of stuff in the morning. They meditate. They do rooftop yoga wearing only socks. They make their families four-course breakfasts with homemade granola and spend time really getting to know one another. Then there are the rest of us.
Our culture tends to celebrate and even obsess over strong personalities and individuals who have achieved some level of fame or who have apparently achieved greatness as a result of their own efforts.
"You don't become a designer because you took a class in design, you become a designer because you're a slut for design." I said this to a group of 300 design students at Michigan State University and posted it on my Facebook page.