Think For Yourself
Updated: Nov 18, 2019
I've always considered myself somewhat of a non-conformist. I take pride in being anti-trendy. I question prevailing ideas, and I'm not one to blindly follow the crowd. I want to know where I'm going and why I'm going there. I've never been too concerned if anyone thought I was cool.
That doesn't mean that I've always made all the right choices. That doesn't mean I've always followed the right crowd. That doesn't mean that I think I'm better than anybody else. Mostly, it means that I use an Android smart phone instead of an iPhone, and I don't particularly care for reality television.
It also means that I have a deep appreciation for individuality, I don't mind solidarity, and I'm loyal to my tribe, whether that be my immediate and extended family, my team, and my community of friends.
I also like to learn new things, and think for myself.
I'm not advocating that anybody try to be like me, that would be hypocritical as a non-conformist. There are both positives and negatives to my stubborn non-conformity.
Positive: I do not spend an ounce of my mental capacity on what celebrities are dating or getting married or breaking up.
Negative: When my boss has an issue with his desktop Mac, it takes me a lot longer to figure out how to be helpful than it would if had a PC.
The point that I do want to make, and one that I value and try to instill as a parent and coach, is this:
Think for yourself.
Don't blindly follow the masses.
Be a problem solver.
Don't wait for or rely on someone else to com up with a solution.
The world has enough sheep.