Lisa Copeland: How to Crush Mediocrity

January 5 - On The Dot
FIRST THOUGHT: Fortune Favors the Bold

Has anyone ever told you that you can’t do something? Maybe they’ve done it subtly, by questioning you multiple times, usually starting with the phrase, “Are you sure you can…” Women get this all the time, and I’m just plain sick of it. There may not be a way to completely protect yourself from haters, but there’s something you can do about it: be fearless and work hard.

Today, we’re saying to hell with mediocrity. We are going to try, try and try again. Sometimes we’ll fail, sure. Everyone does occasionally. But we’re going to keep on going, leaving all those naysayers in our dust.


When it comes to crushing mediocrity in your work life, it’s often easier said than done, especially when you have a job that doesn’t live up to the dream you expected. Money & Career Cheat Sheet claims there are five key reasons why more than 85 percent of employees worldwide hate their jobs. Number one: Management stinks. If your boss doesn’t recognize your hard work, it’s difficult to stay positive. Number two: You’re overworked. Number three: There are no advancement opportunities. Number four: You’re struggling with the dreaded “b” word—work-life balance. And lastly, particularly for women, that anger-inducing wage gap means you get paid squat.

WOMAN TO WATCH: Lisa Copeland, Co-author of Crushing Mediocrity

Today’s Woman to Watch has diligently worked to rise above the status quo and live her best possible life. Her name is Lisa Copeland, and she is an inspiration for any woman looking to redefine her legacy and live life fearlessly. It’s difficult to fit all of Lisa’s fabulousness into a few minutes, but let’s get our motors running and discuss her awesome story.

For years, Lisa killed it in the auto industry, even being named by Automotive News as one of the Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry. Despite her proven success in revolutionizing the automotive industry, in 2016, Lisa sold her award-winning FIAT dealership to pursue her next lofty ambition: empowering women.

You can imagine being a top dog in an industry full of alphas didn’t come without its bumps in the road. Lisa utilizes her own lessons learned from those highs and lows to help other women guide their careers in a fulfilling direction.

A ton of wisdom Lisa gained by creating a successful entrepreneurial career for herself can be found in her new book, Crushing Mediocrity. Ladies, tell your girlfriends to check out this must-read material, gather together over some wine and cheese, and get to work creating your very own #CrushingIt tribe.

As Lisa’s Crushing It Academy website notes, “This book examines the importance of knowing your purpose, owning your choices, working together, standing out and using your influence for good.” If you walk into your office break room or dial into a conference call and get the sense that people just don’t care about what they’re doing, consider this your call to action.

As Lisa and her co-author, René Banglesdorf, note, it’s imperative to surround yourself with women who keep you accountable. This isn’t the time in life for friends who are “yes women.” You’ve got to have friends who support you but aren’t afraid to tell you if you’re taking a wrong turn.

Lisa says “mediocrity” can mean a variety of things, including staying in a safe place, like your so-called “good” job that you hate instead of following your dreams and embracing that thing that really revs your engine.

So, ladies, the question of the day is: How are you going to crush mediocrity?


No stranger to crushing mediocrity herself, public speaker, writer and all-around empowerment guru Brené Brown said:

“Someone once told me not to bite off more than I could chew. I said I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity.”

This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.

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