Follow The Crowd or Follow Your Dreams?
Children are often urged to follow their dreams, and told that there’s nothing they can’t do if they set their mind to it. But something happens as those children grow up that means they stop chasing their wildest dreams and start following the crowd.
After all, the crowd is secure – there’s safety in numbers, right? Going against the grain and standing out from the crowd can be challenging. It requires hard work, commitment, dedication and plenty of risk. Many people choose to stay in the comfort of the crowd for their whole lives.
Here at YOR, we want to urge as many people as possible to break free of the crowd and follow their dreams. Here’s why:
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“Don’t you find it odd, that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams.
But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try.”
The crowd can hold you back
It was Albert Einstein who once said, “The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.” This sums it up perfectly. If you’re happy to move along with the crowd, you’ll never progress further than them – the crowd will hold you back. If you have big dreams that you want to achieve, break free of the crowd and dare to be different!
Your dreams will make you happy
Only by following your dreams and the things you’re very passionate about will you ever be truly happy. You might convince yourself that you’re happy when you’re a worker ant at the bottom of the chain – many people mistake security for happiness. But you’ll only realise true joy in your career if you’re doing something you love! Don’t let the crowd cloud your vision.
You’ll always wonder ‘What if…’
If you never truly branch out on your own, you’ll always wonder what might have happened. Imagine if Steve Jobs had never gone against his peers and created a revolutionary computer that changed how we approach technology? Imagine if Oprah Winfrey had followed the crowd rather than breaking the mould? You only get one life, and you don’t want yours to be filled with regrets.
It’ll stifle your creativity
If you’re blessed with a creative mind, the last thing you want to do is end up in a dead-end job, following the crowd into a lifetime of pension plans and financial security that won’t require you to flex your mental muscle anymore. Creativity is essential on the road to unlocking your true potential. In many ways, your creative streak is like muscle: if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it!
The crowd is fickle
One minute you’re following the crowd, doing what’s expected of you and nothing more – the next minute the crowd has changed direction or left you behind. Then you’ll have wasted your life refusing to follow your dreams, and your ‘safety blanket’ will be gone, too. And for what?
“Follow your dreams. I am not saying it’s going to be easy, but I am saying it’s going to be worth it.”
To sum up, we think it’s vital that everyone follows their dreams, rather than following the crowd. How else will you achieve true happiness and contentment if you’re not doing something that inspires you and ignites your passion every single day?
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