NY Times continues to deliver great perspective on the modern economy.

There's plenty of average on the landscape and it's there for the taking around the world.

"But, today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you what it used to. It can’t when so many more employers have so much more access to so much more above average cheap foreign labor, cheap robotics, cheap software, cheap automation and cheap genius. Therefore, everyone needs to find their extra — their unique value contribution that makes them stand out in whatever is their field of employment. Average is over."

Average Is Over

In the 21st-century economy, everyone is going to have to find a little something extra to stand out in their field of employment.