“Success comes from standing out, not fitting in” – Don Draper, Mad Men
When you stop and think about leaders, people you admire, really successful people you’ll notice they got there not by fitting in, but by challenging conventional wisdom, by being unique and breaking the rules.
Fitting in is safe. But if you want to stand out, you have to be willing to put yourself out there and be different. You have to be willing to open yourself up to criticism. You have to do the opposite of what others might be doing, be daring. The worst thing you can do is decide to fit in, because you’ll be destined for obscurity and mediocrity.