Following the herd will lead you astray

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“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect” – Mark Twain

When I was in high school, there was a girl who everyone seemed to be fond of. She had even been elected to be a part of our grade’s student council. I hated her. I found her to be haughty, annoying and a downright brown-noser. Her loud and outspoken temperament perpetually rubbed me the wrong way. The mere sound of her laugh made me want to puncture my own eardrums. It baffled me as to why she was so well-liked amongst our student body. Continue reading

Authenticity will set you free

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“To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive” – Robert Louis Stevenson, An Inland Voyage

Authentic people are few and far between. True authenticity comes with fully embracing one’s individuality for what it is; this means not trying to alter our beliefs or personality traits due to societal pressure. Authenticity is an achievement that, when unlocked, will pave our path to true success and contentment. And I don’t think success should ever be thought of in a monetary sense, but rather in a quality-of-life sense. Continue reading

Up for grabs: your individuality

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“Don’t compromise yourself – you’re all you have” – John Grisham, The Rainmaker

When we go out for dinner, my mom will choose an item off the menu to order. But then, much to the waiters dismay, she’ll want to customize the shit out of it. I’m talking about substituting so many ingredients that she essentially creates her own dish. In the same way, we as humans, are pretty adamant on customizing the individual traits and beliefs that are a part of us. We seem to want to mold an entire new person out of ourselves. What we’re failing to realize is that we are human beings, not pad thai. Continue reading