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.