“Don’t fail to meet the moment. Make your own moment!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
Nothing great was ever achieved through conformity. No truly great idea was ever launched through consensus. The prevailing wisdom is often wrong – and in fact, the wisdom of crowds is often to be avoided. Great minds don’t think like – it’s only fools of a feather that flock together.
Do you get the theme here?
If you get up today and set out to do the same thing you did yesterday, there’s a good chance that you are setting yourself out on a path to mediocrity. It’s when you set out to do a different thing, carve a unique path, and forge a different route that you can often find an extremely different road to success.
Why is this is so important? Simply put, the results of groupthink are such that there is a race to the bottom – when people are seeking consensus, they’ll often throw away that which is valuable in order to reach an agreement.
They’re willing to sacrifice their ideas in order to ‘fit in’.
The result is a pretty bad fit – that the worst ideas bubble to the surface, marginal thinking triumphs, and mediocrity prevails.
Don’t do the usual thing.
Do your own thing!