To live a rich and meaningful life, you need to become a source of thoughts and actions that provide meaning to your life.
You cannot take control of your life just by following others. Instead, you need to play your own game.
Many of us know that, but in practice, it’s not commonly seen. You surrender to the customs of the family, workplace, or society at the cost of your singularity and start doing things nobody cares about. Or you feel like being caught in an Unconstructed Action Space.
Observe the most successful people in this world, and you’ll recognize a common pattern – they are not worried about what other people think of them: Mahatma Gandhi didn’t worry, Nelson Mandela didn’t worry, Bill Gates didn’t worry, and Steve Jobs didn’t worry. Instead, they played their own game powered by their instincts, took the road less traveled, and created history.
Today is a good time to pause and think about it. Reconsider how you operate. Are you doing some things just because everyone else is doing them?
Observe your daily routine. Right from the time your day starts to the time your day ends. Take stock of all of your routine actions. Are all of your actions your conscious choices? Or you take some actions just because your family, friends, neighbors, or colleagues take them.
Consider what Caryl P. Haskins quoted:
“It is the gifted, unorthodox individual, in the laboratory, or the study, or the walk by the river at twilight, who has always brought to us, and must continue to bring to us, all the basic resources by which we live.”
And Robin Sharma looked at the same from a different perspective:
“If you follow the crowd, the place you will most likely end up at is the exit.”
It is up to you to decide whether you want to follow the crowd and ensure you’ll end up at a known exit point or to construct something which has never before been constructed and leave a trail.