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No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
-- William Blake
 

 

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Decide for yourself

If everybody else is doing something foolish, that’s no reason for you to do it too. In fact, it is a grand opportunity for you to stand out and to advance quickly ahead of the crowd.

Just because something is popular does not necessarily mean that it has value. Would you rather live in slavery imposed by what others think, or would you prefer the freedom of deciding for yourself?

When your instincts tell you that something is not right for you even though it’s popular, listen to those instincts. Going along with the crowd can be a big mistake when the crowd is going in a negative, destructive direction.

By all means enjoy fellowship and cooperation with others, yet always do so as your own person. Don’t compromise the immense, unique value of who you are just so you can become lost in the crowd.

Consider the merits of what popular opinion has to say. Then base your own opinion on your own knowledge, wisdom and experience.

You are a unique and valuable person with your own special perspective. Decide for yourself, and bring that value to life.

— Ralph Marston

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