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The Courage To Be Different

Author Paulo Coelho wrote this story in his blog: “A carpenter and his apprentices were travelling through the province of Qi in search of building materials.
They saw a giant tree; five men all holding hands could not encompass its girth, and its crown reached almost to the clouds.

‘Let’s not waste our time with this tree,’ said the master carpenter.
‘It would take us forever to cut it down. If we wanted to make a ship out of that heavy trunk, the ship would sink. If we tried to use it to build a roof, the walls would have to be specially reinforced.’

The group continued on its way. One of the apprentices remarked: ‘Such a big tree and no use to anyone!’ ‘That’s where you’re wrong,’ said the master carpenter. ‘The tree was true to its own destiny.“If it had been like all the others, we would have cut it down. But because it had the courage to be different, it will remain alive and strong for a long time yet.”

Folks every one of us was created for a specific purpose and destiny. Yet too many of us don’t realize this,that is why you find that instead of us being true to our destinies, we go about comparing and competing with one another. All over the place you see people trying to be and live like others, and allowing other people dictate the outcome of their lives. Little wonder there is so much mediocrity around us, and greatness seem to be something impossible, or reserved for very few people….Read complete post here

5 Great Quotes About Being Different

Africans believe in tribes, and most tribes have their own marks and customs for their members. So you find that certain people from a certain tribe act and do things in a particular way…the tribal way. I see this attitude in most of us. We do things because everyone else does them; because it is the norm; because it is tradition. But you see, great people don’t behave this way. they don’t do things because everyone else does them, they do the things that are right for them. They think different and act different.

Everyone who has ever impacted this world positively was different. Think of Einstein, Edison, Picasso, Beethoven, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Gandhi, Mandela…they all personified these quotes:

“Read every day something no one else is reading. Think every day something no one else is thinking. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.” – Christopher Morley

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” – Emerson

“If you follow the crowd, the place you will most likely end up at is the exit.” – Robin Sharma

“Take the course opposite to custom, you will almost always do well.” – Jean Jacques Rousseau

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Think Different. – Steve Jobs