You’re allowed to do things differently. 

Pushed to attend college, pushed to pursue a stable career, pushed to blindly follow rules and processes and procedures – we’re all caught in a continuous loop of pushing to reach the next stage because…well, because that’s what everyone does.  So that’s what we should do, right?

Think of your idols.  Did they reach their goals by treating life like a checklist?  Of course not.  Their success was a result of uniqueness, confidence, persistence, grit, and the willingness to do things differently.

We’re convinced to follow the path of least resistance, beaten down by every ordinary person and leading to mediocrity.  If we stray, feelings of awkwardness and discomfort creep in.  We naturally cling to what is safe emotionally, socially, and financially.

When we push past this need for security, we allow ourselves to reach our full potential.  Our value lies in what makes us different.  Why suppress those qualities?