Why you must be you:
Why be anyone else?
Why be anyone else but yourself?
I think in modern society we are trained NOT to be ourselves. Why? If we are individuals with our own needs, then we won’t be of practical utility to the herd (society). Sheeps don’t like wolves.
How to best contribute to society
If your desire is to benefit humanity, you must be yourself. Why?
- Most likely you have different and manifold ways of seeing the world. The world will benefit from your unique perspective.
- Generic is bad. The word “mediocre” means “middle” (the average). Society doesn’t thrive from a mass of mediocre individuals. We need strong and stubborn individuals to lead us, in order for us to achieve epic things.
- If you’re a strong and epic individual, you will inspire others to also become strong individuals. It is a positive feedback loop.
What really drives the human race forward?
I believe there is a false notion that society is driven forth by institutions, the “state”, and the masses. No. We need direction, unique ideas, which can only come from individuals with unique visions.
Consider, the automobile (Model T by Henry Ford) wouldn’t have spontaneously invented itself. It required an individual with immense vision and willpower to bring it into fruition.
Beautiful devices and technology wouldn’t have been possible without the stubborn artistic vision of Steve Jobs. If Steve wasn’t stubborn about how he thought devices should be, we would all still be using ugly beige PC computers.
Can I make a difference?
Of course you can make a difference. I’m proof. I’m just another kid who came from a broken family, and somehow was able to become a famous photographer, with one of the most famous blogs on the internet. I don’t really have any special skills, besides my hustle, love of sharing, and the love of innovation.
The great thing about studying great individuals from history is this:
Knowing it is possible (and probable) for us as individuals to make a massive impact in the world.
What kind of impact do you want to make?
I don’t think the question is whether you can make an impact or not. I think the question is, what kind of impact can you make in life?
What kind of impact do I want to make in life?
This is where personal reflection is essential. There ain’t an ultimate “correct” type of impact you must make. You must decide this for yourself.
My life goals
For example for myself, I desire to make humanity more dope, more courageous, and more risk-living. I want to encourage more people to become self-employed and entrepreneurial. Why? Because I personally love the freedom and happiness I have in my life, and I want to share that joy with others!
I know well that my personal happiness doesn’t apply to others, but it might.
Furthermore I want to encourage others to think for themselves, to dictate their own supreme life purpose for themselves.
In short, I want to help empower others. That is my life goal, but it shouldn’t be for everyone, certainly not for you, because your life goals should be different from mine.
- Don’t emulate the virtues of others. Create your own table of virtues for yourself, and follow them for yourself.
- Ignore others. Stay focused on yourself and your own self-development. Empower yourself to the maximum before seeking to empower others.
- Spend more time to think for yourself. Recognize the truth ain’t in books or from the mouths of others. You must discover your own personal truths in your own life for yourself. And once you discover what your personal truths are, just focus on yourself.
- Selfishness is good. That means you’re an individual. Selfish isn’t evil.
- Speak your personal truth; avoid being a tyrant. Allow yourself to continue to evolve and grow in manifold ways. Allow others to discover their personal truths for themselves.
Above all, be bold. Be courageous in pursuing yourself, and have faith in yourself and your own lion heart.