Are people truly unique? If everyone is different, doesn’t that make us all the same?
I guess it’s true that everyone has their own unique perspective on things. I appreciate anyone who can look at the same thing, and see something different.
While it’s true that there will always be a certain percentage of people who agree on one thing or another, add up the total of anyone’s opinions, and the sum will always have it’s variations that will not be duplicated.
But having your own perspective does not make one truly “unique”.
The truly unique person will find themselves a leader. But these leaders are the greatest of followers.
What? How does that even make sense?
Anyone can follow the crowd. Sheep will follow each other. It’s part of their identity as sheep. People will follow the currents of social trends, charismatic leaders, or laws of the land.
Of course there’s a lot of positive feedback in following the crowd: there’s security in being accepted, in feeling like you belong to something; there’s certainly safety in numbers; following the rules can keep you out of trouble.
The unique people who find themselves leaders, however, are the ones who follow themselves. This is not a new concept, but let’s explore it a little:
Unique leaders follow their own advice; they lead themselves first.
- Almost anyone is ready to dole out their brand of advice for others, but take a hard look and you’ll wonder if that person follow their own advice. If so, has it really been helpful for them?
- Leaders are selective of the advice they take from others. If that advice is worth following, they will adopt it as their own and make it the advice they give themselves.
Unique leaders create themselves
- Leaders create a definitive plan for themselves, then follow it. This plan generally consists of “1. This is where I am. 2. This is where I want to be. 3. This is how I get from here to there.”
- This person refuses to become a product of their environment. They instead use the environment they have to sculpt their personal reality.
- When you create yourself, you are applying your own unique perspective to your reality, and truly creating a unique individual.
Unique leaders avoid social persuasion
- Unique leaders know what they know is right, and stand by it, regardless of what anyone else is doing. They follow their own code; they “follow their heart”.
- They guard their input, cutting out negative influences on their growth.
- These people want to experience things for themselves, and put their beliefs to the test.
When a person has created themselves in their own unique image, they will find that they are truly unique. Not because they have a unique set of opinions, for this is pretty standard, but because they are themselves shaped into a unique being.
When a person becomes truly unique, they will find that they are at times ridiculed and feared for being so, but ultimately admired and respected. These are the signs of their leadership. And that’s a good thing.