Independence

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice”, was one of the messages that the famous inventor-designer-entrepreneur, Steve Jobs, delivered to Stanford University graduates during the 2005 commencement speech.

Simple, yet extremely powerful.

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
- Steve Jobs

There are so many distractions out there as there are countless people generously offering their points of view. Sure, some may be pertinent and definitely should be taken into account, yet we shall be conscious not to allow them to side-track us from our paths or, as Steve Jobs put it, drown out our inner voices.

In an enormous ocean of opinions lies that one small yet significant drop which represents our own opinion, our inner voice, our independence.

That drop should be protected and ‘live its own independent life’. By allowing that drop to exist in its own right, it naturally becomes a complementary part of something bigger and greater, of an ocean. The same applies to a team. Each unique and distinct voice comes together to constitute a valuably strong team.

Trillions of independent drops give the ocean its naturally wild yet unified character. When we come together as members of a team, our differences, our claimed respective independences, our complementary voices, make the team powerfully effective.

As the legendary French fashion designer and businesswoman, Coco Chanel, once proclaimed, “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
- Coco Chanel

Dare to be true to yourself.