Conformity is a personal crisis. You're not going to die, but you're certainly not going to stand out. Uniqueness is the seed of self-expression. Taylor Swift started writing music because her school made her feel like an outcast. But rejection is the cue, a signal to create your own style.
Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
N0w I don't want to go so far as to compare the accomplishments of Taylor Swift to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s but the idea is similar — when you're trying something different you're unpopular by default.
You can either cop-out and follow the herd or decide to be your own person, make your own decisions, and convince others to come along with you. Leadership is often the hardest to skill to develop and maintain. Once you reach a level of success, you'll need to find your way back to solitude to maintain your original thinking.
You can either tell your story or live the life of someone else's. Society needs difference makers, not people that all think and act the same. It takes courage to be yourself, but you’ll be happier if you craft the life you want rather than racing on the same racetrack as everybody else.