Archive for the ‘Chart Your Own Path’ Category

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

—Henry David Thoreau (by Benjamin D Maxham; Public Domain)

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Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1753, by Maurice Quentin de La Tour; Public Domain)

Leaders in their respective fields have never been afraid to question the norm, which almost always opens them up to ridicule and the general forces of groupthink. By unabashedly exploring new avenues, however, they become the pioneers who ultimately lead us to a brighter tomorrow. Analyze your industry or the focus of your passion without the shackles of custom, and forge a new path forward. Create a new “normal” for the world.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity.

—Thomas J. Watson (by IBM; Creative Commons)

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You never see what you want to see, forever playing to the gallery.

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—Robertson Davies

…So many of us go through so much of our lives being shaped, pushed, prodded, and even defined by the the gallery surrounding us. We put way too much stock in their feedback. Instead, set your sights on a grand vision which energizes you and fills you with passion. Don’t worry about the critics; chart your own path and forge ahead!

MSH, Penn Wealth

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When a great man has some one object in view to be achieved in a given time, it may be absolutely necessary for him to walk out of all the common roads.

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Edmund Burke (Portrait by James Northcote; Open Parliament License allows and encourages the use of this image)

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Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

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Henry David Thoreau (public domain)

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Don’t be satisfied with stories—how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.


— Rumi, 13th century Persian poet

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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.


—Friedrich Nietzsche

…Believe me, there will be points where you question why you ever went down your own path rather than following the crowd; but, in the end, you will not regret having done it.


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I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.

Chesterton, G.K

—G.K. Chesterton

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