I picked up some great advice some years ago, while reading Larry Winget’s book called People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It. It’s a harsh name to some, but the book was full of great advice and information on how people sabotage themselves every day. For instance, many people hate the work that they do. Yet they continue to do it. Many people weigh more than they’d like. All the while they put in a half effort to change it, yet complain about their circumstances. Many people would like to make more money. But they spend their free time watching television and doing nothing productive. Don’t follow everybody. Follow you.
In Larry’s book, he makes a great point. Look around you. See people in the world. How many people like the work that they do and are truly happy with themselves? How many people go the extra mile? While these people exist, it’s easy to see how there are more that would rather sit around and complain about their circumstance.
Larry’s advice, ultimately, was if everybody is doing it, don’t do that thing.
Don’t fall into mediocrity or follow the masses, many of who are unhappy or display superficial happiness. Don’t waste time or money like others. At least know that if this is how you choose to live, don’t complain about it. When I contemplate the decisions I make in life I look at what everybody else is doing and look for a reason to not do it. Now sometimes it makes the best sense to do the thing that most are doing, but not always.
It amazes me how many people do a thing because “everybody else is doing it.” Now, that’s not to say anybody is better or worse for following this way of life. The funny part is how many people answer “I don’t know” or actually say they do a thing because everybody else does. It makes way more sense when people say they do something because they love it and for these (insert reasons here) reasons.
We have a chance every day to make a different decision, change our lives, break the mold, and leave an impact.
Do your own research on what works best for you. Don’t do a thing because everybody else is doing it. If, in the end, you happen to be doing what everybody else is doing, make sure it’s because it truly works best for you too.
While you’re at it, feel free to check out my book on how to be awesome. No, no, I’m not an ego crazed maniac. I hardly invented any single idea in here. In fact, much of the credit goes to people around me. I enjoy watching people, seeing what works and doesn’t, and putting it into play for myself. I’ve made some notes and put it into a book so people can grab some tips. You’re already one of a kind, and now you’ll be even more so!