“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain
Remember back in the grade school days where all we wanted was just to fit in with all the other kids? Standing about and being different was considered “weird” and boy, no one wanted the reputation of being the weird kid in class. Being different meant you struggled to make friends, and brought a negative feeling to the way we viewed ourselves. Then as we get older it seems as though fitting in isn’t valued near as much as standing out is anymore.
So why is this exactly? Why do we value standing out more in the real world than we do fitting in?
Because standing out shows that you are a leader.
Think about it this way, in order to be a leader you have to have a thought process and personality different from those who follow you. You have to appear strong and different in a way that is not understood by most other people. A leader is inspiring and brings a set of unique skills and ideas to the table that your average Joe cannot. You have to show that you’re not afraid and are capable of providing a positive change to the normal way of doing something. A leader cannot conform to the typical ways of the crowd or else you won’t be able to stand out from the crowd. It is a skill that has always been valued in society.
We know that being a leader is important and I’m sure that probably was a skill of yours you listed in a job or college application before as well. People look for leaders in applicants, and if you’re no different than the other 300 people going for the same position then chances are your name isn’t going to stick in there head when making final decisions. You have to show that you have a skill different from everyone else that would prove to be beneficial in the position you’re applying for. Having an important skill doesn’t necessarily have to be something like playing guitar or being able to type 100 words per minute. It can be something that you may never before have thought of as skill like being able to convince people to choose one brand of shampoo over another or bringing a happy vibe to your workplace. It is this creative thinking that shows employers you have something of value that can fill in a missing piece to their team.
Standing out from the crowd is just another way of saying be yourself, and we should all strive to be unlike anyone else because we aren’t like anyone else. There is something inside all of us that is different from any other person so you should be proud of and show off the fact you have a skill that no one else around you has. You would be surprised by the fact that even the weirdest of skills can provide huge opportunities. Did you know at the Tower of London there’s someone called a Ravenmaster that grooms and feeds the ravens that come to the tower? Yeah, opportunity is out there so don’t think your skills are too weird or unrealistic and can’t open any doors for you.
So don’t be afraid to stand out and show the world what you have to offer. Never settle for something that isn’t you, and only settle for yourself. Only by accepting yourself can you truly be happy. Yeah, maybe it seems like the world is going one way, but who wants to follow a crowd all the time? You’ll be surprised by how many people actually support you in going a different way and how you may inspire them to do the same.
Going off the beaten path can lead to some of the most beautiful sights in the world we never knew existed so don’t be afraid to explore.
Good luck and I hope this made you smile!