Now Or Never

In praise of mediocrity

Forget the pursuit of excellence. Why it's sometimes OK to settle for 'good enough.'

Because being 'good enough' can be great

Discover the joys of being less-than-perfect. (Todd Gee/CBC Sara Tate/Royal DelSol)

Many of us spend a lot of time pursuing excellence — in our careers, relationships, even our hobbies.

But what's so bad about being 'good enough?' On this episode of Now or Never, meet people who are mediocre and proud of it. 

Fatuma Adar is a playwright and creator in Toronto who has made mediocrity her mission. She's written entire plays about the pressure to be excellent as a Black Muslim woman, and even released a musical ode to napping. While she's redefined her relationship with excellence, the question is: have her parents? Fatuma sits down with her father, Mohamed Adar, for a conversation they've never had before.

Meet some self-described "Bad Moms." When Sara Legget was struggling under the pressures to be a perfect mother, she started writing about it online. What started as a blog has become the informal Bad Moms Canada support group.

Trevor Dineen heads to the University of Winnipeg to ask students and professors their thoughts on mediocrity — and gets them to admit what they're mediocre at.

After trying to balance a high stress dream job, family life, and her long-term career goals, Amil Niazi realized she needed to redefine her relationship to ambition. She quit her full time job and today is embracing an ambition that is more middle of the road. 

For Rodrigo Sarrat-Cave, witnessing his sister's illustrious music career in Chile gave him a glimpse of what it takes to excel at one thing. Today, he's more than happy being just okay at a few different musical pursuits.

Few things bring Todd Gee's family joy like the "golden atrocity" of a family heirloom that's been passed around for 30 years. For this family, there is a lot of delight in embracing something less than perfect.