I’m Walking Alone

I do this thing where I want to be like everyone else enough to fit in, but then want to be entirely unique so that I stand out. What, you do it too? Oh right, we all do it.

I’ve always been right on the edge of quirky just enough to be normal. Just.

But now I think I’ll just be plain quirky, because after looking under the couch and examining my bedroom for clues, I’ve realised that’s exactly who I am. And there is a lot of life-changing quirkiness that is waiting to come out. Just you wait!

Where am I going with this? I’ll let two geniuses say it better to save me stealing their words:

“A woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. A woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has seen before.” -Albert Einstein

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs

Often, when I try something new, my immediate intention is to indirectly clone the way I saw it done first. Because in my head, everyone else is doing it right or doing it better.

“Hmm, my blog post isn’t laid out like that.”

“Why doesn’t this look as good on me as it did on the mannequin in the shop?”
(Fact: Mannequins are LIARS!)

“Wow, her photography style is different to mine. I need to do it more like that.”

Uh, no. Just because it was done one way before, doesn’t mean I can’t redefine it and do it another way. Yes, my way might be wrong and a complete failure, but at least I stepped out and tried. There will be a day when it isn’t wrong, it’s pure genius, and everyone will bow to my greatness. I jest… kind of.

I have recently become part of the ‘Apple cult’. The large group of the modern world that swear by Apple products, and pay over and above the standard price of a computer without hesitation. (Except I got my Mac second-hand for half the price so I’m not a complete sucker.)

Why do we do it? How does Apple do it?

Well, Steve Jobs saw how one guy was doing it, and decided to do it differently. Whether it was better is for you to decide, and each to their own (the Microsoft and Apple debate has been going forever). But the point is that Jobs went one step further to foresee what the consumer wanted, before the consumer knew that they wanted it. He made the consumer want it. He refused to be ‘trapped by dogma’ and he walked alone, sometimes very literally. My oh my, did this serve him well.

I recently saw the Einsteun quote from above on a friend’s Facebook page. This is what I commented and I will say it again here:

In that case, if you need me, I’ll be walking alone!

Am I alone in this? Are you more bold than me with your decisions, ideas and endeavors, or are you afraid to stand out? Leave a comment.

Image credit

Advertisements

I’m Walking Alone

I do this thing where I want to be like everyone else enough to fit in, but then want to be entirely unique so that I stand out. What, you do it too? Oh right, we all do it.

I’ve always been right on the edge of quirky just enough to be normal. Just.

But now I think I’ll just be plain quirky, because after looking under the couch and examining my bedroom for clues, I’ve realised that’s exactly who I am. And there is a lot of life-changing quirkiness that is waiting to come out. Just you wait!

Where am I going with this? I’ll let two geniuses say it better to save me stealing their words:

“A woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. A woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has seen before.” -Albert Einstein

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs

Often, when I try something new, my immediate intention is to indirectly clone the way I saw it done first. Because in my head, everyone else is doing it right or doing it better.

“Hmm, my blog post isn’t laid out like that.”

“Why doesn’t this look as good on me as it did on the mannequin in the shop?”
(Fact: Mannequins are LIARS!)

“Wow, her photography style is different to mine. I need to do it more like that.”

Uh, no. Just because it was done one way before, doesn’t mean I can’t redefine it and do it another way. Yes, my way might be wrong and a complete failure, but at least I stepped out and tried. There will be a day when it isn’t wrong, it’s pure genius, and everyone will bow to my greatness. I jest… kind of.

I have recently become part of the ‘Apple cult’. The large group of the modern world that swear by Apple products, and pay over and above the standard price of a computer without hesitation. (Except I got my Mac second-hand for half the price so I’m not a complete sucker.)

Why do we do it? How does Apple do it?

Well, Steve Jobs saw how one guy was doing it, and decided to do it differently. Whether it was better is for you to decide, and each to their own (the Microsoft and Apple debate has been going forever). But the point is that Jobs went one step further to foresee what the consumer wanted, before the consumer knew that they wanted it. He made the consumer want it. He refused to be ‘trapped by dogma’ and he walked alone, sometimes very literally. My oh my, did this serve him well.

I recently saw the Einsteun quote from above on a friend’s Facebook page. This is what I commented and I will say it again here:

In that case, if you need me, I’ll be walking alone!

Am I alone in this? Are you more bold than me with your decisions, ideas and endeavors, or are you afraid to stand out? Leave a comment.

Image credit

Uneducated and Successful

In my last year of high school, one of my teachers very gently told me that she ‘didn’t think university was for me’. I didn’t know whether to be relieved or offended! However I was sitting up at the front of the class next to her desk, yet again, for being way too loud and doing way too little work, so you can sympathise with where she was coming from. My mum was still pretty mad at that teacher (nice to know my mum believed in me, even if it is in the job role). The fact is that the classroom was more of a social gathering to me than anything else. I tried, I really did, but my big mouth always got the better of me.

For the past four years since I left school, I think people in my life have been subconsciously waiting for me to sign up to University. And I have been waiting with them, filling the time with working and travelling (and loving every minute of it). But if I am completely honest, I would rather bang my head against a brick wall repeatedly than study.

Sadly, for a long time I thought that because I wasn’t an academic and didn’t like school that I was unintelligent. The truth is that I love learning, just not in a classroom. Some people are better at ‘learning while doing’ as opposed to ‘learning how to do’, and I think I’m one of them. After years of not knowing what to do about my reluctance to apply to university, I am now totally content with the fact that I am an ‘intern girl’ and that is just as good as being a student. I have rich life experience and have learnt a lot in my various job roles. Life experience is invaluable.

Does university always equate to success? It depends what you think success is. In the dictionary it is defined as ‘the favourable outcome of something attempted’. Success is in the eye of the beholder and is ultimately achieved by one’s choices, determination and attitude. University is what you make it, as is life.

I feel that right now I am successful in life, but I have a lot more success to achieve and I am very aware of how much further I have to go. I’m content but not comfortable. I have a fantastic job in a great company, a role that I was too inexperienced for when they first employed me. However I was called by God and I am highly favoured!

Though I don’t want to be an Office Manager for the rest of my life, I am learning so much and I know these years are laying pivotal foundations for my career. In my four short years of being out of school I have dabbled in a lot and I relish this exciting season in my career.

So maybe my teacher was right when she said university wasn’t for me, and that’s fine because it doesn’t define me or hinder me in any way. When you open your eyes and have a desire to learn, there is a heck of a lot to be learned outside the classroom.

And who knows, maybe one day I will study full time. The world is my oyster and I am open to anything!

Did you go to university or straight to work? Are you where you want to be in life? Would you change the decision you made on university (either to go or not go).