About The Book

Crushing Mediocrity

10 Ways to Rise Above the Status Quo

by Lisa Copeland and René Banglesdorf


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Are you surrounded by people who are stuck in the “status quo” or satisfied with participation trophies? Is this mediocrity your new standard? Have you settled for a mundane existence, as it would appear millions of people have? Is that what you envisioned for your family, your workplace, or your community?

The truth is, you have the option to improve your world, rise above the status quo, and crush mediocrity. With some genuine encouragement and a little guidance, you can take the first steps to making a much bigger impact, starting right where you are today. No matter your age, your circumstances, your background, or your struggles with fear and failure, you can make choices today that will transform your life and legacy into something great.

In Crushing Mediocrity, authors René Banglesdorf and Lisa Copeland draw from their own—and others’—experiences to explore 10 tried-and-true principles you can use to improve your current situation and become extraordinary. Both Banglesdorf and Copeland have applied these very principles to their own lives and have climbed to the top of two male-dominated industries, namely aviation and automotive.

This book examines the importance of knowing your purpose, owning your choices, working together, standing out and using your influence for good. It provides a clear path to rising above the status quo and crushing the standard of mediocrity across all demographics and personality types.

“The world is waiting for you to do something to change it. What are you waiting for?”

What They’re Saying

“Crushing Mediocrity serves as a catalyst to success for those that might find mediocrity or complacency forming in their businesses, families, and/or everything in between. René and Lisa’s real-life anecdotes support principles that they’ve found useful during their time as mothers, wives, and successful business leaders. This book is a useful tool to help recognize and steer away from mediocrity and focus toward a meaningful existence and success in your professional and personal life.”
RC Buford, President, San Antonio Spurs, 2015-2016 NBA Executive of the Year
“Kudos for this keen insight on how to rise above the status quo by crushing mediocrity. Like the WPO 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Guide to Growth, Crushing Mediocrity offers real life stories about the hurdles experienced along the way in climbing the ladder of success as well as actionable tips leaders can use to avoid getting stuck. We all want to leave a positive and meaningful legacy.”
Dr. Marsha Firestone, President & Founder, Women Presidents’ Organization