We’ve all heard it before: Think outside of the box. But sometimes it’s good to see a visual cue in our environment that reminds us to do this more frequently. That’s why I created this piece (and Maxims 4 Mavericks).
We can’t outgrow and overcome the limitations we have imposed on ourselves without first recognizing those limitations (Tweet this quote). Too many time the greatest challenge we face is not our circumstances, but rather, how we’ve grown accustomed to seeing them.
Like a farmer plants seeds in soil, a leader plants ideas in other people. These ideas grow self-esteem, expand perspectives, and inspire people share their own ideas with the world.
You see, it’s not a question of whether a pig has wings but rather if a pig can be placed in something that has wings. A minor difference with big implications — but an excellent example re-framing rhetoric that re-frames what is possible.
By definition a ‘norm’ is common. Thus, being ‘normal’ means being common (Tweet this quote). It means thinking and doing in the same way as the majority. Yet, being ‘normal’ is still encouraged by society.
Contrary to popular belief, ambitious individuals trying to make a name for themselves don’t suffer from a lack of resources. They suffer mainly from obscurity. And by definition, obscurity always increases at the norm. Why? Because “common” literally means widespread – it’s the peak of the bell curve; the home of the majority.
In a monarch society the ruling faction is determined by bloodline. But beyond the royal palace, success is impartial. The crown of great accomplishments can be claimed by the hardworking, innovative, and resourceful individual — whatever their background or bloodline.
To protect ourselves from possible embarrassment, ridicule, or judgement, we often live life with a psychological lampshade. We hide our most audacious, crazy (and often most important) ideas from the world. But ideas can’t materialize when held captive in our minds. In fact, ideas multiply in value when they are freed, shared, talked about, and tested.
Despite the oversimplified beliefs about the necessity of earning a degree from ‘art school,’ a true artist knows that art school does not groom one to become a world-class artist. They understand that such an education may help hone their skills, but not reveal them.
Do you believe your hunch has potential? Then don’t wait for ‘idea proof’ before investing time, money, and energy. In the end, the people who change the world are those who act upon the hunch that tells them they can change the world.
Sometimes it seems society’s goal is to produce conforming, non-inquisitive, and apathetic grown-ups. This, of course, is an excellent way to shun both fun and success from life.
The opposite of such a stoic existence is to embody the curiosity, liveliness, playfulness, and spontaneity of a child (and yes, these traits can co-exist with maturity).
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