Be Different!-Be Authentic-Be Not Normal- Be Successful
Life is Like a Box of Chocolates!
Dare to be Yourself!
Normal people do “normal” things. Normal people are like putting your hand in the sink filled with water – when you pull out your hand – it is as if you never made a difference. Nothing has changed.
What is normal?
There are those who choose to be “normal.” If this is what fulfills them and satisfies their needs, so be it. This article is not for them. We need everyone. We need “normal” people! We also need the “abnormal” people!
“Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.” Sigmund Freud.
I understand the term “average.” Normal people are average people. They do average things. They live in an average house with 2.3 children with their white picket fence. There is no true “average” person. Average is a composite. Some of us may be average in a small paradigm, but not average given the full range of possibilities.
For this article, average is the stereotype “blend” of Joe and Sally. They do average things; enjoy average fulfillment and average happiness.
To be Authentic is not for the Faint-of-Heart
Weired people perform profoundly… They perform “out-of-the-box.” Weird people create history. Weird, abnormal are so egotistical they think they would be a good president. Weird people create and discover new frontiers and applications.
Not-normal people are often ostracized. They are singled out, and/or subject themselves to extreme pressures to be “normal.”
Success Must be Defined
It has been stated one must work hard to be successful. Of course, this is not true. The harder you “work,” the less money you make. An example, the ditch-digger works harder than the real estate agent, or banker. The less work you do, the more money you make. It is a pyramid. The ones who work the “hardest,” are on the bottom with the above layers created by the degrees of “hard-work” performed. Bankers would probably be at the top! The offset to hard work is responsibilities.
Notwithstanding the few “skews” in statistics, the banker has much more responsibilities than the ditch-digger. The more responsibilities one has, the more money you make.
Is money success? Nope. Each of us must determine what success is. For some success may be having more choices. Others, success is to be authentic. We each have our drumbeats. We get to decide.
Examples of Weird People – Dared to be True to Themselves
Daniel Shechtman of the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel was awarded the Nobel Peace in Chemistry for 2011. His discovery was extremely controversial. In the course of defending his findings, he was asked to leave his research group. He dared to be himself. In 1982, he discovered a unique quasi-crystal (a not possible- non repeating crystal) and 19 years later he is acknowledged as a genius. Albert Einstein is another example… Galileo was led before the Inquisition, "shown the instruments of torture," and invited to recant. He did, but was kept under house arrest for the rest of his life for his theory the earth revolved around the sun.
Bottom Line: Be Yourself, and Enjoy the Process
Life is a process. I was born poor. I lived in a two-room house with an outdoor toilet (outhouse). I did not know I was “poor.” I enjoyed making my toys. Am I better off than one born with a “silver spoon” in their mouth? Nope. Each of us have “built-in” positives. Each of us has our life “tools” to apply to our construction of our “Yellow Brick Road” of life success.
My current success project is my book, Eyes Wide Shut: An Enigma.
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