Dare to Be An Original
When you dare to be
an original you are in essence daring to be "yourself" and
everything that encompasses who you really are. To many of us, that can
be a scary and daunting proposition.
And why is that?
Because it means putting ourselves on the line. It means
subjecting ourselves to scrutiny, judgment and possible ridicule. It
means exposure and vulnerability.
Certainly there is more comfort to be found in conformity,
lying low, and blending in with the crowd.
There is also boredom, complacency, and the prospect of never
living to your potential.
It takes courage
self-confidence to dare to be an original - to reveal your
uniqueness and to show that you're one of a kind. However, as with any
frightening endeavor, the rewards of overcoming obstacles and
prevailing far out weigh the consequences of not venturing forth.
As the late Steve Jobs noted in his speech at a Stanford
"Your time is limited; so
waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which
is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the
noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most
important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They
somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is
It's true. Life is too short to live it trying to be anything
other than your true, original self. Be who you are, and be it the best
way you know how. Celebrate your individuality and uniqueness. Dare to
be an original!
Tips on how to be an original or your true self:
- Know who you are.
Before you can be yourself, you must know who that is, and then be true
to that self. Centuries ago Socrates
wisely observed that self-knowledge
is the pillar of all virtue. Without it nothing else is
- Trust your intuition and instincts.
Part of knowing who you are is trusting your intuition
and instincts. We all have an inner gauge that guides us along our most
fulfilling path. Look deep within to find the answers to your life. No
one is better at knowing what you need and want from life than you. Of
course, it is prudent to listen to the advice of family, friends and
professionals, but you are the ultimate authority on you. You are
unique and original and no one but you can make your decisions for you.
To go against that intuition is to go against your fundamental nature
and source of satisfaction.
- Express yourself by cultivating your own style,
tastes and personality.
Many people try to be like those who seem to be popular. Rather than
work on developing themselves they try to copy others and lose
themselves in the process. Much time is wasted in such pursuits and the
results are disillusionment and feelings of failure. When you work on
cultivating your own style, tastes and personality,
not only are you genuine and authentic, you're more interesting and
attractive to others. Let go of fear
and embrace your uniqueness. Make your life an expression
of who you are.
As Steve Jobs said, have the courage to follow your
heart. If you desire to be an artist, don't settle for being an
accountant because your parents want you to be, or because you can make
more money at it. In the end you will lose out because the money won't
matter if you're unhappy, unmotivated or depressed.
- Believe in yourself and don't worry about what
When you choose the right path for yourself do not allow the opinions
of others to distract you. People are good at offering
well-intentioned, unsolicited opinions, however only you know what's
best for you. Don't let a lack of self-confidence
or self-doubt prevent you from pursuing what you know is
best for you. Let go of your personal insecurities. If you strive to be
someone you're not, you will never be happy. Be
yourself. Be proud of who you are. People who have a more
positive view of themselves live better, healthier lives.
When you dare to be an original, you dare to be courageous,
strong, and vibrant and are willing to realize the
full potential of your unique skills and talents.
The Benefits of Being an Original:
- You are true to yourself,
therefore derive greater personal satisfaction and fulfillment.
- You are more noticed, interesting,
and attractive to others.
- You are willing to take risks,
think originally and be creative, therefore are open to greater career
opportunities and advancement.
- Due to a willingness to let go
of convention, you live life to the fullest and on your terms.
- Whether in your career, the
arts, or in your community, you offer a fresh, new, diverse perspective.
- You are usually a trailblazer,
set new trends and discover new ways of doing things.
- "Quotes On Being An Original"
Be True To Yourself
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