Caution : Integrity-check ahead
Most of us spend a good deal of our lives (if not all of it) going with the flow, being part of the crowd, meshing in with the world around us. It feels comfy, it feels safe and it feels social.
But fitting in is mostly useless.
If you want to be noticed and build something of your own that succeeds, you’re going to need to buck the trend and get out of the universal comfort zone.
If the crowd is going one way, you need to change direction.
Changing direction requires traction. Traction is guts. It’s initiative. It’s courage.
If you clock in at 9am, go to your cubicle, do your day’s work and then quietly leave at 5pm, how visible are you? How much attention are you grabbing?
It’s way harder to speak to a group than to be in the audience. It’s way more uncomfortable to cut a new path than follow the crowd. It feels like you’re going out on a limb when you prove to people that you’re not just like them.
And you are, but that’s a good thing. There’s plenty of room out there for your personality.Posted: Wednesday, January 28th, 2009