Do you ever feel like a round peg in a square hole? The crazy person who’s looking at the world upside down?
As entrepreneurs we might be surrounded by people who don’t quite “get” us.
They ask why, “Why don’t you just blend in and do what everyone else does?”
It’s ingrained in us from an early age that different isn’t good.
“When I was four years old they tried to test my IQ, they showed me this picture of three oranges and a pear. They asked me which one is different and does not belong, they taught me different was wrong.” ~Ani Difranco
Some of us consciously rebelled against that pressure to fit into the expected mold. I spent years trying to fit everyone else’s expectations. Until I realized…
Conformity is that jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. ~John F. Kennedy
You’ll never feel free if you’re trying to be what others want. You can’t grow. And you can’t change the world (or your corner of it).
I finally gave up on fitting in. I could never live up to what some people wanted, no matter what level of success I achieved in any particular area of life. I also refuse to live down to what others want.
The world will break your spirit, break your originality, and break everything unique and valuable about you — if you let it. So don’t! Please! We need your unique “you”ness and creativity in this world.
Why shouldn’t I be who I am and create what comes naturally to me? Why shouldn’t you? Where’s the fun, art, adventure, purpose, and value in crushing our souls to blend in?
Why try to solve problems when we could just live with the current solutions? Why care about solving problems at all — isn’t that for someone else to worry about? Good thing not everyone stops worrying about solving problems!
Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution. ~Raymond E. Feist
Why do we put so much energy and emotion into creating an unstable business when we could just get a job flipping burgers, answering phones in a cubicle, or as management with that corner office instead?
I know my answers. Do you know yours?
Here are some thoughts to inspire you to keep that “upside down” point of view, regardless of what the world around you thinks. Keep being you. Keep thinking outside of the box. Keep taking steps forward to create the world you want to see.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary. ~Albert Einstein