What is your great fear?
Most of modern society will come up with fears of pain, heights, abandonment, public speaking, or some other pre-conceived belief they harbor that holds them back from experience. We all have something in particular we fear, and it is perfectly okay. We also have things that make us feel whole. Talking with other people, being with your friends, enjoying time with your family, exercise, learning, and so on. What is it that takes up your mind more? Fear? Excitement? Ideas? Same-ol’-same-ol? Boring life? What would you rather have take up your mind?
What is not okay is holding back creativity. Perhaps the greatest and most common fear held in today’s society is to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. Whether it be due to religious beliefs telling you that your thoughts are wrong, immoral, and not to be thought of, the reinforcement of others that creative thoughts are stupid, or anything else, the belief that thinking outside of the box is stupid is completely backwards and absolutely the opposite idea that is correct.
Thinking outside the box is the best thing you can do to contribute to society during your time here on Earth. When people’s thoughts are stifled and they are told to conform to the norms of society, they are being completely withheld from reaching their true potential. Anything that has been accomplished, and will be accomplished came due in part from people thinking differently from anyone else.
In my life, I had the blessing of being mentored by smart and free thinking member’s of society. My parents were rebellious in their own ways by having a child under the age of 18. And, being a young child growing up around people who could share the same generation of people as me allowed them to confide in me a lot of their insights that they developed through their life to that point. When I was in my teenage years, a family friend of my parents started to become a major mentor in my life. Throughout my life up until that point, one thing that I heard often in school was that I did not fit in. Having started his own business, WalnutCreekPests.com at the ripe age of 19, he was not necessarily a society conformer. He did not get a traditional job after high school, did not go to college, and he seemed to not care what others thought of him. He told me the biggest advice that he had to share was to something he heard from Robert Downey Junior. “Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway.” These words are powerful because, while, most of what people have to say is B.S., do the courtesy of listening and see if there is anything you can take from it. Other’s opinions can influence you, but if you are a free enough thinker, you can use what you learn and still do whatever you want to anyway. Continue reading Post ID 45