you-were-born-to-standMost of us have an innate fear of looking stupid.

And when you think about it, it’s a logical fear to have.

It’s embarrassing to turn up to an event dressed too formally or too casually.

It’s awkward to walk into a room and think that people are talking about us.

We don’t want to quit our stable job to start a business that fails.

And who wants to stand up in front of a crowd with nothing to say?

So we stay in the herd.

We look around and copy the people around us.  The way they talk, the clothes that they wear.

And we do everything that we can to appear normal.

But that’s not how the world gets changed for the better.

And that’s certainly not how we reach our full potential.

Everyone who has done something meaningful with their lives looked a bit silly at times.

When they started, they didn’t know what they were doing and the crowd predicted an abject failure.

When they made mistakes, the crowd looked at them and said, “I told you so.”

When they felt uncomfortable, the crowd reminded them that it’s much easier to underachieve.

The crowd pointed.

The crowd teased.

The crowd tried to seduce them back.

But they overcame their fear of looking stupid and went on to do remarkable things.

Remember, you were born to stand out, not to fit in.

You’re a lion, not a zebra.

You may look stupid every now and then, but it’s a small price to pay in the quest for greatness.