Daily, Consistent Mediocrity

Troy Broussard, co-founder of Learnistic, the software I’m building the StandUpRight Canada phone app on, writes about content creation, customer service, entrepreneurship, success, efficiency and a host of other topics.

Many of those topics are covered in his 41 Laws of the Learniverse, Those 41 laws completely rewired the way I think about pursuing internet entrepreneurial success.

One principle he espouses is daily consistent mediocrity. No, seriously, it’s his Law #22, “Consistent Mediocrity Annihilates Bouts of Brilliance.”

Now, I’m not going to steal his material and teach his course for you. You want it, look him up and buy it.

What I will do is tell you how this one principle, explained less than 5 minutes, has affected my outlook on far more than just trying to get a side hustle up and running.

The whole notion of showing up, day after day, and putting in the necessary work applies to far more than becoming a better writer, or better at creating videos, or any other kind of content creation. It shows up anywhere and everywhere in life you want it to.

My kids take piano lessons. We expect 30 minutes of practice out of them, every day. They like to break into 2, 15 minute sessions, but, whatever, the key is to show up every day and put in the work. 3 hours on Saturday afternoon won’t cut it, a little bit every day is the ticket.


  • My kung fu teacher told us, 10 minutes of qi gong every day beats an hour once a week.
  • I do 15 – 20 minutes of yoga for back strength and mobility every day, not a two hour session on Sunday afternoon.
  • 4 to 5 minutes of meditation every day, instead of 1/2 an hour once.
  • And yes, I make one 5 to 7 minute video, and write one (minimum 250 word) blog post, every day.

In the past, I’ve written that my goal is to be 1% better every day. Get 1% better every day and in 3 months, you’ve improved 100%, i.e. you’re twice as good. This principle of 1% better is directly out of Law #22.

Now, I don’t know if I actually succeed in this, but I have gone back over my early writings, and my early videos, and can see big improvements in both.

Scott Adams once said, if you want to learn to do something well, do it badly in public, and you’ll get plenty of free advice on how to get better, quickly.

Some of us don’t have the benefit of an audience reading, or listening to, us to give us that feedback. Doesn’t matter, the simple act of showing up, every day, and putting in the effort makes you better, little by little.

At least in my experience it does.

So, Troy, in the one in a million chance, this comes to your attention, thank you. There is so much I’ve learned from the 41 Laws, and this is just one small (actually huge) example.