Why Fit In When You Can Stand Out

Currently playing: Got My Mind Set On You by George Harrison 

It's gonna take time
A whole lot of precious time
It's gonna take patience and time, um
To do it, to do it, to do it, to do it, to do it
To do it right child

I launched my website a few weeks ago and from that day forward this song has been in my head nonstop. Really, nonstop. I keep reminding myself that my business isn’t going to jump into complete success mode (whatever that even means!) overnight. It just doesn’t work that way. As George Harrison wrote, “it’s gonna take time, a whole lot of precious time, it’s gonna take patience and time.”

This is a process. Life as an entrepreneur is certainly something to get acclimated to and requires a period of figuring out what works and what doesn't. As someone with a decade of experience in the communications field, I’m certainly particular about doing things “right.” And then I start to wonder, what does “right” even mean? Who says what’s right or wrong? Who defines that? We do and often let society get in the way. I keep thinking about how many blog posts I want to write, how many emails I want to send, how much follow-up that I want to do, how many Tweets I want to post and the list goes on. I’m working to refine and define what is right for me and for you, my clients and community.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the words NORMAL and PERFECT and how much I don't believe in either of them. So many people are so fixated on being perfect. Others (or the same people) are fixated on being normal. If we were all normal and perfect wouldn’t this world be so boring? What makes this world such a special, exciting and ever-changing place is that we are constantly seeing new things happen. New things discovered. Old repurposed into new. Different ways of connecting. Changes in perception. Technology opening new doors. Shifting in beliefs.  

In thinking about the concepts behind normal and perfect we think about how other people view us in a way that is right for them instead of what is authentic to ourselves. Good old Urban Dictionary defines perfect as “a non-existent thing that people try to live up to or find in someone or something. Perfect doesn’t exist.” Defining ourselves and who we want to be represented as is far more important than aiming to be normal or perfect. Defining ourselves in a way that allows us to be different and stand out is more enticing that aiming to be normal or perfect. As Dr. Seuss says, “why fit in when you can stand out?”

So, instead of taking time trying to fit into the crowd of normal and perfect, I’m going to continue spending time on being the best version of myself and encourage you to do the same.

How do you remain authentic to yourself? 

Share your thoughts on remaining authentic, standing out in the crowd and steering clear of "normal" and "perfect" below.