Why be conformist in your career and lifestyle?

by Anil Salick on July 5, 2017

The paradigm in which most of us grew up taught us the following: “Go to school, study hard, get good grades, go to university, work for a good company, save, buy a house, get married, have kids, retire financially secure, visit the world/ spend time playing golf, fishing or taking care of the grandkids, and live happy/ fulfilled”

Did you get them right in that order?

Success, in the mainstream, is pretty much defined by the above.

Let’s consider if you broke the rules, or worse ‘failed’:

  • You got bad grades
  • You didn’t go to university
  • You didn’t earn enough and invest wisely
  • You got divorced
  • You didn’t/ couldn’t/ wouldn’t have kids
  • Etcetera..

Some lessons:

  1. No matter what happens to you, you should not allow yourself to be defined by what society deems the norm
  2. You have the power to change your situation around at any point if you view whatever is happening in context
  3. None of us are automatons. No matter what has influenced our views or aspirations, our journeys are unique and we script a story to inspire others. Even if what you went through appears a failure to others

“For what is a man, what has he got
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
Yes, it was my way”

– Frank Sinatra, My Way


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