By Rene Banglesdorf & Lisa Copeland
Genre: non-fiction, women in business
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?
René Banglesdorf is a writer and entrepreneur with experience in the telecom, tech, retail and aviation industries. She is co-founder and CEO of Charlie Bravo Aviation, a company that buys and sells private jets and helicopters all over the world. René also sits on the President’s Council of the National Air Transportation Association and is the Vice President for Business Aviation for the International Aviation Women’s Association. She is a member of the Women Presidents Organization and a Global Ambassador for EBW (Empowering a Billion Women). René and her husband have two grown children, Jake (and his wife Kate) and Brooke, and a very spoiled American Bulldog named Bazooka. They live just north of Austin, Texas, although they still root for THE Ohio State Buckeyes.
From her platform as an automotive icon, Lisa Copeland is a speaker and visionary on igniting change in women’s lives at every level. She was named one of the Top 100 Women in Automotive News in 2015 for her work with the Fiat brand in North America and four dynamic terms on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles National Dealer Council. Lisa is active in a number of organizations that empower and educate women, including Girl Scouts, American Heart Association, and presently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of EBW. She has been married to James for 28 years and has two grown children, Allix and JT. Her grandma name is Lala, and she’s expecting another grandson in February!
Together, René and Lisa founded Crushing It Academy to provide a place where people who want to build a legacy can get real-world advice, practical insights, and access to stories and interviews of other amazing “mediocrity crushers.”