Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Be the Sore Thumb

This week has been an interesting one in terms of watching friends & colleagues succeed. This week a dietitian, a health coach, and a fitness coach friend were all featured in their respective newspapers; as well as 2 fitness expert friends being on TV in their local markets, and a great friend and fellow swimupstreamer being asked to give expert advice for X-Weighted TV Series' blog.

What strikes me is that in their own way, each of these success stories has been credible and knowledgeable in their own field in their own way for some time- but sometimes it takes a few years or even a few decades for people to come around and realize that the good advice has been there all along.

It comes down to name recognition. If Bill Gates or Nelson Mandala speaks, people listen. The fact is, they were once just an annoying little voice that went against the grain.

If you want to be different, and you want to make a difference, you have to be willing to be seen as different, persecuted, judged, dismissed, and everything else that comes with the territory of evoking change.

Put in enough time, and the very people who judge you will be asking your advice on "how'd you do it?"... which is exactly why you need a strong reason why you are passionate about evoking change. Applause from the crowd is too fickle, and too far into the future - to be the source of your motivation.

Know the difference you want to make, and why - and then take advice from another sore thumb (Ghandi) - "be the change you wish to see in the world".

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