Society isn’t kind to those who don’t fit in. We ostracize, we call names, we harass. – Seth Godin in Poke the Box.
As soon as I read that, I immediately thought about some of my posts – Be Unique, but Belong. Seth is talking about leading and poking the box, but that takes hubris and audacity. Organizations have taught us and we’ve been conditioned to fit in. If we’re different at all, we get made fun of, and no one wants to get made fun of.
But if you want to lead, if you want to create, and if you want to stand out, you have to be unique. You have to challenge the status quo. You have to rock the boat a bit. You might have to be ostracized, but there is freedom in being true to who you are. Inherent in Fitting In is restriction and limits.
So Be Unique, but Belong. Be yourself, but don’t be so yourself that you’re a weirdo (unless that’s you’re true self, and I don’t believe that it is).