Are you afraid to stand out?

I know I have been at various times in my life.

There’s been times when I’ve been around the wrong people, in the wrong place mentally and afraid of what people might think of me for doing what I want.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his essay on Self Reliance wrote: “Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the self-reliance of every one of its members.” People don’t like it when other people change or do something that makes them feel awkward or insecure. Pushing ourselves to reach our own greatness threatens the complacency of those around us, shining a light on their own squashed dreams and failed potential. In many cases, these people lash out. It makes them question themselves, which is difficult for most to handle.”

It is sooo difficult at times!

It takes work.

It takes courage.

It takes vulnerability.

It takes loving yourself.

Simple fact of life: if you want to do something incredible, something that makes you stand out above the rest, then you have to become comfortable being different from the rest.

People will think you’re weird, crazy, selfish, arrogant, irresponsible, obnoxious, stupid, disrespectful, fat, insecure, ugly, shallow, etc.

Sometimes those closest to you will often become the harshest critics.

Let them!