“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing” — Albert Einstein
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
An attempt to deconstruct this connotation would be rather mundane, and tedious for the reader.
An attempt to apply this to real-world ideas may intrigue, and inspire a shift in how one thinks.
Conventional wisdom holds that following how society tells you to be is directly proportionate to great achievements in life. This is deemed a fail-proof way of succeeding — submit to your environment, go to college, graduate, get a job, climb the ladder, retire at 65 rich, and die.
While this may work for some, in my opinion, this is arguably the most common route to a mediocre life. Just because the masses are doing something one way, doesn’t mean it is the most efficient — there is more than one route to the same place, and some routes are quicker. When you’re able to reveal a better route to others, you are deemed a leader.
I want you to not only think outside of the box, but to be able to pick it up and throw it.
Stop being a victim.
It is plausible to question what one “should” be doing.
People rely on “should” too much: the act of following a pre-conceived generalization that has gotten the approval by society. They operate in robotic fashion by listening to others blindly, and going against self-intuition. This isn’t the way to be. It does take boldness to trust your instincts.
A concrete example given is how it isn’t considered socially acceptable to approach a stranger in the streets of NYC. A simple “hello” catches people off guard because of how we’ve been conditioned to behave. This clear observation shouldn’t stop you from doing so though. By approaching, you’d leave a mark in that person’s brain and may positively impact them further — the trickle effect continues.
The point of this article is just that. Be the person that recognizes conformity and chooses to be an active individualist instead — understanding the rules of the system and exploiting them. People respect and admire the one that thinks for his or herself. Be the different one from the crowd.
This way of being applies to every area of your life. By taking action, and stepping out of your comfort zone, you will expose yourself to an significant number of opportunities. People will deem you more charismatic, confident, and courageous — crucial components that define the type of leader you are.
People are afraid to take initiative. I challenge you to defy the norm.
Don’t go with the flow, be the flow. People have a natural tendency to follow.