Be Different

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Have you ever wondered where all of the crazes come from? The crazes which I’m referring to are the one hit wonders, the mass movements which society feels like they’re obligated to participate in. Remember the Harlem Shake? Where people would go nuts in a small room, wearing animal masks and behaving as if they were on some sort of drug.  (Some people actually got married to the Harlem Shake I believe?)

Then after the Harlem Shake there was that annoying “Selfie” song which was about teenage girls deciding on what filter to use for their next photo. You see these mass movements are what the zombies (the people with no ambitions in life) are craving. They wake up with the hope of finding something which will make them cool for ten seconds and then it’s back to their same old lifestyle of trying to find the next cool thing.

Life is much richer than that. You’ve got to find something which gives you a purpose to get up in the morning. Something which you can’t stop thinking about and when you go to bed at night you’re excited about what tomorrow is going to bring. Genuinely excited that tomorrow you’re going to be one step closer towards something meaningful and worthwhile.

I see these crazes as anti-depressants. They numb the mind in order to escape reality. Think of them as waves in the sea there’s an up and there’s a down. The “UP” is when the craze occurs and the people who have decided to participate in that particular craze feel like they’re on top of the world, they feel fulfilled, they feel accepted and the second that wave comes crashing “DOWN” it’s back to reality. The thought of waking up and going to a job which they absolutely hate, the thought of not being where they want to be because of fear. The fear of failure, the fear of change and the fear of not being accepted by the people around them.

Do you think that Steve Jobs would have stood up on his desk at Apple and shouted to everyone “Do the Harlem Shake?” No. Do you know why he wouldn’t? He wouldn’t because he had a greater vision. He had something meaningful and important to work towards. He didn’t have time to waste on meaningless crazes because he knew that they would not benefit him in any way whatsoever.

Instead of spending your time on the next big craze, think of something meaningful which you would like to achieve in life. Come up with a strategy on how you would go about achieving that particular thing and most importantly “Be Different.” Don’t follow the crowd, do your own thing and live life with passion.

Written By Jacob Rozanski

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