Be very careful when you blindly follow the masses, the ‘M’ is often silent.
Being different is sometimes hard, but it is well worth it. Everyone who has ever achieved greatly has dared to be different. Just a few examples of people who refused to follow the crowd and revolutionized their field of endeavor — if not the entire world: Mahatma Gandhi, Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Vincent van Gogh, Ervin “Magic” Johnson, Joan of Arc, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Christopher Columbus, Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King, Jr.; Benjamin Franklin, Paul of Tarsus, Marie Curie, Sigmund Freud, Gautama Buddha, William Shakespeare, Florence Nightingale and Jesus of Nazareth.
Consider how different our world would be today if any one of these people had decided to simply follow the crowd and uphold the status quo.
You are the only person ever created with exactly your combination of personality, talents, insight, interests and experiences. You are uniquely qualified to contribute something awesome to this world, whether on the world stage . . . or ‘simply’ in your own home, neighborhood, school, house of worship or local community.
But you will only make that contribution if you refuse to follow the crowd. We often wait for ‘a sign’ or ‘the perfect time,’ but that may never come. Instead, we need only recognize we were born to be awesome. But we will never find that inner awesomeness if we follow the crowd and try to be like everybody else.
Dare to be different and live life like the people listed above. Live life on your own terms. Live life in pursuit of what you love and doing what makes you happy. You owe it to yourself to make each minute count, and you owe it to all of us to bless us with your inner awesomeness — whatever that may be.
“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.” ― Albert Einstein