We’re rhythmic creatures. There’s a reason we latch on to each other’s tastes and habits. Emulation begets automation.
But there’s always someone who comes along and challenges our beliefs, unlocking a Pandora’s box of attitudes and topics we never even considered. All of a sudden, everything we deemed to be true goes into question.
The echo chamber calls for cogs of sameness and lookalikes. Once we lose the urge to conform, we are free to rejoice in eccentric delight.
It’s not you’re fault you are who you are and everybody else feigns to be the same. But being different has its own costs: loneliness, misinterpretation, and ridicule. You can’t be like other people because you’re too damn honest.
The easiest people to please will always be others. The hardest person to please will always be yourself. You just have to choose if you want to be ordinary and mediocre or different and significant.
Are you just another human? If there’s no qualitative difference between you and someone else, it’s going to be impossible to remember your name and point out your uniqueness.
Most people are fungible; we can all fill each other’s roles in jobs and in family. But if we’re all just lemmings capable of the same skills and emotional intelligence we might as well just give up. And I guess that’s why mediocrity happens in the first place.
Step into your own shoes. Why would you choose yourself? Why should we choose you? Be different or become a commodity. Simply said but rarely done.
For every action there’s a reaction. But don’t provoke someone or something without clear conviction.
If you’re going to ruffle some feathers, do it because you really believe in change. And be willing to take full accountability for your actions.
Unfortunately, you’re not always going to win the fight, and certainly not in the beginning. Snowden called out the NSA for spying on the world and is barred from returning to the United States without a sentencing. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to make a statement about segregation yet found herself in jail.
Obedience is the end of freedom. In order to grab attention, you have to be willing to stake your claim and fight. You have to say what others are afraid to discuss; otherwise, things will just keep moving along as they are.
The audacity of hope is also the audacity to provoke.
Provocation ignites a healthy debate, one that gets others thinking differently about their own everyday beliefs.
What do you believe in? Playing it safe guarantees you’ll live a life of anonymity. But if you want to be remembered you’ll start something great and get people to rally behind your cause. We’re all just puzzle pieces trying to do the right thing.
People complain about athletes, Hollywood actors, and CEOs making a lot of money. But their level of expertise and professionalism are scarce.
You have to have unique skills and meet market demand to get paid big. The majority of us make less because we’re replicable and fungible; there’s always another person with the same skills. But that doesn’t mean the rest of us are just invisible cogs working the system.
Everyone is different. Everyone has one unique skill that no one else has. You may not get paid for it but it makes you stand out from the pack of normals.
Rarely does a unique skill convert into a business opportunity. But that’s art, it’s always ahead of demand. You shouldn’t have to explain your work anyway. The day people get it is the day you give in.
In the meantime, enjoy the freedom to create whatever you want in anonymity. It’s the lemmings that are forgotten.