What Happens When People Stand Out (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 184)
“Your true power is not in your difference, but in your consistency of being different. The world will always adjust to consistency, yet struggle with change.”
— Shannon L. Alder
Everyone was born to stand out. But not everyone capitalizes on that universal opportunity. To be exceptional is not just for a privileged few. We all are allowed to take the path of being unstoppable in some way. Those who stand out reap rewards beyond their imagination.
The problem is that this path is a narrow one. All the finer things of life won’t be obtained up front. It is further down the path. Many times, it is at the very end. And there’s no way around it. You won’t get what you seek until you travel the whole path.
But this is not a real problem. For those who truly want to stand out have already made that decision within themselves. Whatever it takes, whatever has to happen, whatever they have to do, they are willing to do it. Few people, however, are willing to except such a responsibility.
Standing out has as much to do with what one is willing to risk his or her life for as it does the outperforming of expectations and doing what was once thought impossible. Being different has its perks. Deep down, we all desire to be different, but very few of us have the courage to stand alone.
This is what happens when people begin to stand out. They shut the door to fear. They turn off the voice that says people will laugh at them for having values and beliefs. They let people get off the bus wherever they please. Because standing out often means standing alone.
What happens when people stand out? Other people around them — even if it is just one in a crowd of hundreds — find the courage to stand out too. Our society places an emphasis on exceptionality and irreplaceability. And everyone has the opportunity to be both.
People who stand out are the exception to the rule of status quo. They improvise and create when things get tough instead of giving up. Getting better is always about beating obstacles in ingenious ways. People who stand out do so not because they choose to necessarily, but because they don’t know how to fit in. And that is a good thing.
“If you want to succeed, you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.”
— John D. Rockefeller