One of the greatest temptations of life is to follow the gravy train, to forget about our selves and the expression of our individualism. To do things that everyone is doing so that we can stay safe from ridicule.
I have never been one to swallow my quest for difference. While everyone went about studying business and accounting I went to study for a 'philosophical' degree. I wanted to probe about the true meaning of my existance and the reason for it. I feel Im a better person for it.
We can never find true meaning within ourselves if we follow the masses. The quest to be different leads us to new places, new lands that we may have never found if we stick to the masses and the direction which they are going. We may never truly discover the full potential of our talent. Steve Jobs is an example of a man who went against the tide, starting a design revolution in the telecomms industry in that process.
A lot of people are held back by fear. Noone wants to explore previously uncharted lands. Although a very valid point that is because we have taught here that sometimes it is safe to follow the masses as it is better to do something that you know has proven results; to find true success and become a trendsetter we need to face our fears and take a different direction that not too many people take.
The greatest people to have ever lived all went against the tide. Ellen White, Jesus, Barack Obama, Gandhi, J.K Rowling, Frank Ocean, Oprah among others who went in the opposite direction than what everyone was taking. They were ridiculed and yet today, they stand at the apex of the history of each of their generations.
I am by no means encouraging people to be radically different. Don't go around having sex with animals because I encouraged you to be different. That is so gross and illegal. But learn about different cultures, different members and sections of society. Don't be sacred to start a new revolutionary business or a new medical procedure.
This week, I encourage you to swim against the tide a little bit. It may not be rosy but in that process, you may find the true calling of your life and stand at the apex of your generation.
Here is to your success. You are different and you have a positive contribution to make to society by sticking to your individualism.