Rebel: The world is full of successful people who conform to the norm. However, a rebel can blow past the norm and change the world.
Companies have guidelines and rules. But what do you do when the guidelines block you from achieving your goals? Do you have enough of the rebel in you to change your life and, perhaps, even the lives of people around you?
Rebel: Is Conforming to the System Killing Your Career?
Following policies and procedures works great for many people. They go to work on time and do what the company asks. To the best of their ability, they try to get along with everyone.
But what if you are frustrated with squeezing your way into the norm? What if you want to break out of the mold in a bold and dynamic way? The way of the rebel may be the answer.
Every Pathway Involves Risks.
There are people who have great careers. They work at a company for twenty or thirty years. Some of these people are fortunate enough to move on to another great job. Others have the good fortune of being able to retire early.
On the other hand, for other people, the life of the conformist moves along fine until they discover that their company no longer needs them. Even worse, they learn that their skills are obsolete long after it is too late to develop new skills.
In fact, most people find that the security of a large company disappears long before they reach financial independence.
Rebels Find Success Through Their Authenticity.
The most successful rebels are authentic to themselves. They easily sustain and succeed as rebels, because what they are doing feels authentic.
The simple writing style of Ernest Hemingway, the descriptive writing style of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the complex writing style of William Faulkner, and the clever, honest writing style of J.D. Salinger are all different. What these different styles have in common is that they are consistent in the work of these different writers.
Furthermore, their styles are not only different from the style of each other. Their styles were different from the styles of any other writers. All four adhered to their idea of authenticity in their writing.
Moreover, don’t force yourself to be different. Simply, let your authenticity shine through your performance.
Rebel: Examples of Success
Cultural icons like Gorgeous George, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Muhammad Ali, Madonna, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and hundreds of others risked controversy to create success their way.
Innovative icons of technology: Nikola Tesla to Steve Jobs to Elon Musk have never let conformity to restrict their ability to fulfill their visions.
Iconic rebels of art: Van Gogh, Picasso, Jason Pollock, Joan Mitchell, and countless other great artists. A commitment to be innovative, sometimes shocking, and consistently authentic empowers great artist to change the way we view art.
In every field of endeavor, there are rebels who step out to create new pathways for others to follow.