This is a metaphor that Zoe Leanza used to make my life feel better.
In high school, each of us were popcorn on black carpet (this prompted by my intense need to vacuum my room). Pretty darn astounding and attention-grabbing.
Here, at Mac, we are popcorn in a bowl of popcorn. No wonder we feel average, sometimes mediocre.
But I say that being a kernel of popcorn in a bowl doesn't necessarily make that kernel less valuable. I also say that all my kernel needs is a little extra butter to make it stand out. And I get there day by day.