“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” — Henry David Thoreau
We’ve all heard the (at this point cliche) phrase about following your friends off a bridge if they decided to jump. This is essentially your parents telling you not to do dumb sh✨t at 4 AM when you and all your friends are bored.
This is mostly good advice. Just because someone else is telling you to do something doesn’t mean you should.
But let’s look at a more subtle version of this idea. What do you do when everyone around you telling you to do or be something, but you know it’s not right for you? What do you do when you know you need to jump to grow but everyone wants you to stay the same?
Sometimes when everyone tells you to play it safe, what you really need to do is take a leap of faith.
The smartest people I know (and follow) are nonconformist. They see the world differently. They figure out what they want and what they stand for and figure out how to make it happen. They don’t let fear control their lives.
They’re not dumb either. They figure out how to leap but also try to minimize risk if they failure (and they know that failure is a possibility.)
The question is, who do you want to be—someone who wished, or someone who tried?
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1248