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February 12, 2020

"Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"

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This lovely quote is actually in the form of a question, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”

Let’s first look at the state of culture. We are encouraged to conform and do what makes conventional sense in order to abide by general societal norms. Of course there are situations where this is appropriate. For instance, making sure not to behave in a way that jeopardizes someone else’s safety or ability to find joy. What about those times when that is not the case?

Many of the limits we place on ourselves are self-imposed, which often comes out of fear. Fear that challenging the norm will create problems for yourself or others. Fear that others will judge you for being different. Fear that you expressing yourself will do more harm than good. Fortunately, the results of these self-imposed fears are often misguided assumptions, overestimating the severity and consequences of your actions. You can overcome this by gaining self-awareness.

Now let’s look at the alternative. It takes something different to do something different. If you abide by all conventions then you can expect conventional results. We both know that’s not you, and lies within you to grow beyond average.

It literally is you! The uniqueness you offer, the experiences you’ve acquired, and your perspective of the world is beyond average. You offer something no one else can. When you allow yourself to express that, you can generate outcomes no one else is capable of. 

If you dream big and have aspirations to do something great, you can’t fit in, because greatness is never average. We were each born to stand out, and that’s something worth celebrating.

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