Get out of the Barrel!
“The barrel” represents the majority, the norm, or the general idea that equips culture. In order to get out of the barrel, you will first have to be okay with being separate from the pack. This may often mean loneliness or ridicule. Therefore, your purpose is not to stay alienated from the rest of the world but to rather create an experience that will attract other like-minded people. That takes time, patience and hard work. That also means that the purpose behind your getting out of the barrel is bigger than you as it will be an example and pave a way for others after you who want the same thing.
Stay out of the Barrel!
It’s natural to desire understanding and significance among any individuals you value. However, it is important to remember the risk in going back or considering what the majority says and thinks.
When someone looks at you they will see one of three things:
- who they hope to become
- who they wish to never become Or…
- who they are mad for never becoming.
The ultimate risk in considering the thoughts of others when striving for success and achievement is your adaptation to a set of expectations that never belonged to you. These expectations, opinions and derision often cause people to subdue their audacious goals and replace them with the status quo. Thus getting you BACK in the barrel.
Associations with positive, like minded people, are part of the blueprint for achieving success. Wise advise would be, never take advice from anyone who isn’t succeeding at a level equal or better than you.”
- How can a person making less than $50,000 give advice on making $175,000 or more?
- How can someone unable to secure a job give advice on how to perform a successful job search?
- How can a coworker who blindly accepts scheduled company raises give advice on asking for a raise?
- How can a team member who does not speak up at meetings give advice on presenting new ideas or solutions at a project status meeting?
- How can someone in an abusive and/or unhappy relationship give you advice on how to be in a happy relationship?
- How can someone who only had a job all their life aka a life long employee give advice on starting a being an entrepreneur and/or business?
- How can someone with horrible communication skills give advice on effective communication?
- How can “friends” still hanging out on the street corner give advice on how to get ahead in life?
They can but it’s highly unlike their advice will yield you any positive results.