Why You Should Be a Nonconformist

Nonconformists are the mavericks that change the world by exposing new methods of thinking or by developing inventions that result in a more vibrant society. They challenge widely accepted theories and beliefs. 

 These intriguing characters are the outcasts, loners, fringe dwellers, and misfits that take their own path in life. Many of them reach great levels of success with their originality

    

Our perception of what is acceptable to others influences how we behave, speak and dress. What if you stopped caring so much what strangers thought of you? This is why you should become a nonconformist.

 

1. You’d Be More Attractive to Others

In the past, society punished nonconformists for their free-thinking behaviors.

Thousands of nonconformists were tortured and even murdered, just for being different. This is especially true for female nonconformists in the Salem witch trials, Marie Curie and Joan of Arc.

Luckily today, people have changed their fear of “the different” to an awe-struck, curiosity. In fact, studies show that people think nonconformists are more attractive than those that blend into the background (conformists). People are attracted to those who are confident enough to be different from everyone.

Being a nonconformist has its risks, but at least today, you won’t be snatched up and burned at the stake. You could get more dates?

2. Many Successful, Famous Nonconformists

If you need prove of being able to survive as a nonconformist, there are many examples. People who used their eccentricities to their advantage. Famous nonconformists like Albert Einstein, Salvador Dalí, Nikola Tesla, Bob Dylan and Beck Hansen broke through being different and learned to embrace it. Ultimately they changed the world with their unique ways of thinking.

Albert Einstein knew how it felt to be different from personal experience when he said:

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrity. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary.”

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3. Too much conformity deadens the human spirit

After years of conforming, people can forget who they are. Conformity may feel safe and cozy but the price you end up paying is living your life for others, not yourself.  Groups will try to show you the meaning of your life or to tell you the “correct” way to live.  We’re all individuals, we shouldn’t adopt every thought or belief of a group.

  “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Fortunately, YOU are in complete control of your thoughts and beliefs.

Only your thoughts can change your life so perhaps you should re-think who’s thoughts you’ve adopted as your own? Are you living how you want to live? Where you are spending your time and money and how much stock you are putting into stranger’s opinions?

Do what you feel is right.  Buy things that you like.

 “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” – Freidrich Nietzsche

We are here (on Earth) to find our true talent, our uniqueness and to let it blossom — regardless of anyone’s opinion.

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