Unleash Your Inner Trailblazer: The Rewards (and Struggles) of Being Different

From the appearance point of view, differences will be valued and praised. Any person or thing that is popular is sought after by everyone because of its distinctive characteristics. However, the interesting thing is that everyone likes unique ideas or practices, but they are unwilling to be unconventional.

That’s because being different is really hard. Although any meaningful new person or new thing is “cool”, it is derived from commonplace phenomena and is innovative. This process is not easy. Generally speaking, ideas and judgments are based on common sense, and people tend to resist change and prefer people, things, and things that they are familiar with or accustomed to. Many people want to enjoy the benefits of being different, but are unwilling to pay the corresponding costs.

In fact, there is nothing wrong with this. You can enjoy the benefits of new inventions and creations without doing anything. Why not? The herd mentality of wanting to be affirmed often overwhelms our desire for independence, so it is understandable that we do not want to stand out, and it is also a normal mentality to live in peace for the rest of our lives.

However, it is human nature to want to get ahead. So the root of trouble is the entanglement of self-deception, and this is where it gets tricky. If you don’t want to spend your life doing nothing, but really want to live your own life and show your own characteristics, then you have to be different. In short, you must be prepared to be misunderstood, learn to deal with denial and rejection calmly, don’t try to have your cake and eat it too, don’t deliberately maintain the so-called “balance”, and don’t be willing to live a mediocre life.

Any unconventionality will not be widely recognized at first, otherwise the innovation will be nothing special. In fact, it’s easy to create sensationalism, even disguised as innovation. Being different in the true sense means having your own discoveries, opinions, and stances, and having the courage to stick to them. Although standing out from the crowd is difficult for the world to understand and accept for a while, we can look at the world from a different perspective, be unique, and exert our own unique creativity. This is difficult to do, and such figures are rare, but throughout the history of human development, those who have changed the world are all unique.

To be clear, deciding to be different doesn’t mean life will be incredibly difficult. Being different from others in the way we deal with life allows us to experience the highs and lows that are different from others.

Is it worth it? Many people will directly or indirectly answer “not worth it”, but only a few people will think it is worth it, because being different from others can bring long-term benefits. There are always a few people who are truly different. Once everyone agrees that “I am different from others”, then the original meaning of “different” is lost, and you can even tell yourself “I am different”. In this way, you can enjoy different benefits at the same time without being criticized and rejected by others. However, being truly different means being independent, having your own perspective and being creative. Those who change the world are always those who are truly unique.

Very few people would say that they are not eager to change, which is an interesting phenomenon. Life is made up of a series of contradictory choices and decisions. When faced with a decision, many people either think the time is wrong or it is too late. As time passed, they all regretted it again.

Not wanting to regret in the future is actually a very powerful motivation, and working hard is to avoid regrets. It’s normal to be a little scared before making a change, but your mentality will change after you actually make the change. Accept that the world is always changing, and focus your energy on creating different areas, so that you can feel the joy of life and truly realize the value of life.

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