There are countless people waiting to tell you how to fit in, waiting to correct you, advice you, show you what you are doing wrong.

And no one pushing you to stand out.

If you add up all the books, scolds, back-benchers, bosses, teachers, parents, police, co-workers, employees, religious zealots, politicians, and friends who can show you how to fit in just so, it’s sort of overwhelming.

We have an abundance of people fitting in and scarcity of people who stand out and then we are surprised when we lack innovation and competitive edge.

It’s clear to me that we’re really good at establishing and reinforcing the status quo.

Fit in too much, though, and nothing much happens. Fitting in is a short term strategy, standing out is a long term sustainable solution. Fit in too much you become invisible. It is easy to teach and enforce compliance than it is easy to teach initiative. “Colour within the lines” we have been told since pre-school. Colour outside the lines is wrong.

People are born innovative. People don’t grow to be innovative, they are taught out of innovative by school, parents, companies and society. People and organisations that makes change that matters are those that take initiative and stand out.

Where are the self-appointed agitators and firebrands, the people who will push you to stand for something?

They seem to be missing.

Ps: Don’t stand out for the sake of standing out, stand out because it is better.

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