Life gets easier when you decide to play your own game. From an early age, we are taught through school that life is a game to win against our peers. Value and success are determined on a uniform scale regardless of an individual’s background or strengths. This perspective teaches us that the only way to stand out is to be better at the same task that everyone else around you is doing. This episode is a reminder that it’s not always about being better, but rather, being different.
Skillset is only one way to stand out from the crowd. Following your own personal call and path is the best way to differentiate yourself and create something that will not only last, but give you true satisfaction, meaning, and purpose. Apple would not have won in the smartphone market if they decided to build another mainframe computer. Instead, they created a personal computer, because that’s what they wanted the future to look like. Steve Jobs played his own game from the start, and the results speak for themselves.
Some rules were created by people who are trying to stop you from following your own path. The only reality that’s real is the reality you accept. Does what you’re working on fire you up? Or are you making something you think someone else will like? When we love what we’re making, we lean into it, progress faster, and make better, more unique work. The people we end up celebrating as cultural heroes are the ones who blazed their own personal trails. Lean into being your own weird, authentic self, and go for it.
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