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Being specific and my view on mediocrity

Being specific and my view on mediocrity

WD Do it wellIf there is one thing that I despise, its mediocrity – both in other people and in myself.

The things in my past which I regret the most, were things I did without really being passionate about doing, which led to a mediocre attempt at best.

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The thing that gets me the most irritated with people in all aspects of daily life is mediocrity – the mediocre attitude towards customer service, the mediocre attitude towards doing your job, the mediocre attitude of relationships (both platonic friendships and more romantic ones).


In my quest to find my dream job, I refuse to be mediocre!   I am specific about which jobs I apply for, not because I think I am better than anyone else, or discriminate against people who are willing to do certain jobs, but because I only apply for jobs that I know I will not be mediocre at.  I apply for positions which I know I can do (and do well), ones I will be good at, ones that I have a real interest in, and ones that I know I will always do my best.  That does not mean I know the in’s and out’s of every specific job, but I know something about it, and can learn the rest.

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It’s a choice, after all, to do your best, to set your personal standards, and to not be mediocre.



I have never been a big fan of road running.  My father used to do it A LOT and it has just never been something that interested me.

In an effort to lose weight and get fitter, I started going to the gym again about a year ago, and strangely, the exercise that I enjoy the most is treadmill running!

Last night I realised that all this time, I had been running away from things.  I have been running away from things all my life.  Running from my past.  Running from my failed relationships. Running from my poor state of finances.

On Saturday evening, I watched a movie called The Founder, recommended to me by my cousin.  Without giving the story away, it’s about how McDonalds started, and the story behind how it went global.  I learned a few lessons from the movie, one of which is that persistence trumps everything else in order to succeed.

I have been disappointed that the last two months of regular and hard gymming, had not resulted in major weight loss, but what I have realised is that I am becoming fitter.  My resting heart rate has dropped from 75 to 62.  I also checked my blood pressure, and that has come down to normal levels without medication.  The persistence in working out has paid off: perhaps not exactly in the ways I wanted it to, but in other ways, and probably better ways!

Last night, while achieving my 5km personal best run, I realised that I was no longer running away from things, but running towards better things.  I was running towards becoming a healthier person, and I decided that I was going to start running towards the positive and good things and my future, instead of running away from the negative things and my past.

I am running towards financial freedom.  I am running towards a new career (my dream one…).  I am running towards being a success and I am running towards making a difference in this world!

My original application to DCL years ago

A couple of years ago, I had my first opportunity to apply for a position with DCL.

As I mentioned previously, I have a keen interest in sound and lighting, and although I had a little bit of experience at school with DJ’ing for the occasional house or school party (and even my sister’s wedding), and building electronic lighting projects as a hobby, I completely lacked recent and sufficient experience with newer technology in the sound and lighting industry.  Needless to say, I never even got around to the interview phase.

I still have that interest, and wish I could leave my daytime job to get experience in the field, but that is nearly impossible at the moment, as I have become dependant on my income from my current corporate job.

At the time I applied for this job at DCL, I was single, with a much lower income, no property I owned, no pets and really nothing holding me here, yet I didn’t pursue it as hard as I could or should have, or even considered other positions to get a foot in the door.  Looking back on that, I was really stupid not to have tried harder.

In my defence, at that time, I have never been overseas, and had never seen a cruise ship first hand.  Boy oh boy, how that has changed!

In my next post I’ll be sharing my first holiday experience with Disney and DCL.

Introduction to my journey to work for Disney Cruise Line

This is my first blog post about my journey to make my dream to work for Disney Cruise Line a reality.

If you haven’t read my about page, allow me to introduce myself:

I am a 37 year old guy who has been working in the corporate world for almost 11 years. My ultimate dream job is to work for Disney Cruise Line.

I have experience in retail as well as training facilitation and content development.

I am a driven, hard working and loyal individual who puts 100% into everything I do, both personally, emotionally and in my work.

I have a close family member, and recently, my life partner too, that works for Disney Cruise Line (DCL).  Ever since my cousin started working for DCL (many years ago), I have envied him, and wanted to work for them too.

I attempted applying for a job as a sound and lighting technician with DCL a couple of years ago, however, I completely lacked any experience or formal training in this field (although I had, and still have, a keen interest), so I did not even make it through to an interview.

In 2010 I had the wonderful opportunity to sail on the Disney Wonder for two cruises back to back, and got to experience the Disney Magic first hand.  Subsequently, I got another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in 2012 to do the cross-Atlantic cruise on the Disney Fantasy when the ship was first launched.  I’ll elaborate more about these two cruises in later posts.

It was during these two cruises that the dream of working for this wonderful company was strengthened and entrenched within me.

For many years, I have not done much to entertain that dream, as I always thought it was out of reach (for a variety of reasons).  Last year (2016), my life partner landed a job with DCL, and once more, the dream was awakened inside me.  I realised that the dream might not be out of reach after all.  In fact, I KNOW that the dream is possible.  ANY dream is possible if you want it bad enough and work hard in achieving it!

I have attempted applications for various positions again, none successful (yet), but more on that to follow in my next posts.

If you have any suggestions for topics of discussion, or to assist me on my journey, or would like to ask me any questions, please comment below, or get in touch on my Contact page.