If all you are willing to do is what your friends are willing to do, then by definition you are mediocre. Mediocrity is safe, comfortable, and certain. It is also a recipe for nothing more than competitive equality. You don’t have to pursue mediocrity, it will pursue you, and if you are like most people, you have already surrounded yourself with it, it has already caught you.
So don't waste time on being mediocre. You are too valuable to be marginalized into an oblivion.
To paraphrase a good friend of mine; Everyone bought into mediocrity, but no one kept the receipt.