[T]here is an interesting dilemma that most of us wrestle with on a regular basis (without realizing it). We want to lead and be exceptional at what we are doing, but we often don’t like the initial feeling of standing out from the crowd. By definition, leaders set themselves apart from others and give people something to follow. The flip side of this is that it can be incredibly lonely at the onset. This is especially true of a creative person.
Consider the following video:
This video is hysterical. It’s beyond creative and makes me laugh every time I see it. But how many of us would be willing to do the same thing (especially when you see how it ends). This is a simple example of a very true reality.
We like the idea of being exceptional more than we like the reality of being exceptional. The reality is often lonely.
So if you want to be a leader, or if you want to stand out for your creativity, make sure you’ve decided in advance that you are willing to put in the work to make it happen. Don’t run from the loneliness and the awkwardness. It’s part of the gig. It is this simple step that keeps so many of us from ever realizing the potential inside of us.
Go and stand out today. Just try not to get arrested for it.