Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
We’ve been programmed since birth to follow the rules and life will be grand.
If you colored inside the lines, there was a treat awaiting you.
If you followed all the rules in school, there was a piece of paper awarding you for your completion.
If you follow all the rules at your place of employment, you now are eligible for career advancement.
While I’m not against systems, processes and order, coloring inside the box never changes anything.
Every time there has been great change or innovation, it’s been because someone was willing to stick there neck out and set there own rules.
Steve Jobs, rule breaker. Sir Richard Branson, rule breaker. Henry Ford, rule breaker. If you’re looking for more examples, just do a quick Google search and read away.
The bottom line is if your waiting for someone to hand you the guide book, the keys to success or the easy to identify path to riches, you’ll settle for average and never build and ship your idea.
Your ideas need to be developed. Your book needs to be written. Your business needs to launch. Solutions for environmental issues and world hunger need to be discovered, developed and implemented.
However, none of this will happen if you’re not willing to setup your own set of rules.
How to Get Started
- Motivation: Read and study leaders who have a track record of setting up their own set of rules. Learn from business leaders, religious gurus, social movements, local success stories. Discover the common thread and see how it implies to you setting up your rule book.
- Activation: The quickest way to start is by looking at the “other side of the coin” and be persistent at always asking why. The quickest way to begin to develop your own set of rules is the willingness to question everything and not take everything at face value.
- Realization: You’ll notice as you begin to discover your rules and not accept the status quo, you’ll be labeled. This is the reason most people settle for normal; they’re afraid to stand out and not fit in. There will be an initial time when you feel alone, but the longer you walk your own path, you can begin to develop a support system and platform that will help clear the path.
Setting up your own set of rules is not for the faint of heart, the path is never easy. However, if you’re wanting to make a difference, bring change and leave a legacy, it’s the path you’ll have to take.
Let’s do it together!
image courtesy of Bob MacCallum