Embrace Your Inner Black Sheep
This world is full of great advice. If you are a black sheep, you will hear some, read some, pick and choose the bits that apply to you, do whatever the heck you like, and get on with your own brand of success. Most people would rather be white sheep, looking for advice from other white sheep on how conform, to fit in, to make friends and influence people (no offense to Mr. Carnegie!). But white sheep can learn from the black sheep’s attitude and approach to success.
Black sheep are not always black. They can be purple, or teal, or plaid. The important thing is to embrace your individuality (and the uniqueness of others) to let our DIFFERENCES be the driver towards success. Not our sameness.
It is easy to be a white sheep. So easy that wolves can do it pretty well. It is not easy to be a black sheep, to stand out from the herd, to be identified as different. The black sheep is unique on the outside, but we all are unique on the inside, and can choose to let that uniqueness shine. Let your guard down, take a step away from the flock, and project your uniqueness. Be a black sheep.
Black sheep or White sheep, we are all still sheep, and our wool still keeps us all equally warm, so what’s the big deal? The white sheep follow the flock, but they are more worried about their role, or the perception of their roll, within the flock. Black sheep tends to the flock by not worrying what they think. The world would be a much happier place if we all let our herd-mentality guards down and stood out a bit.
“Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid.” Albert Einstein said that. If you were going to be the next Albert Einstein, you should have figured it out by now. So no, you are not a secret Einstein. That guy was a black sheep from a future planet who understood the DNA of the universe before DNA was even invented. But you still have vast potential you should tap to excel as a black sheep.
Do what makes you happy, think outside the box. Build an income and lifestyle based on what you love to do, not what you have to do. Don’t be afraid to think for yourself, act for yourself, choose for yourself. You will not accomplish anything if you worry about the flock. But if you focus on your own happiness, and by extension the happiness of those you care about, you will accomplish more and the flock will be better off.
And most importantly, don’t let the flock get you down. You cannot help being a black sheep no more than they can help being white sheep. But you can choose to be the best damn black sheep you can be.
You know you have a little rebel inside itching to come out. Embrace your black sheep.
Brendon Buchard is a coach who has helped me achieve success on my terms. I have studied under Brendon, and am a Certified High Performance Coach. I really enjoy working with people and talking about their goals.
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