One of my favourite quotes by Steve Jobs
There are way too many people on this planet. 7.7 billion to be precise. But what is it that everybody has in common? What could it possibly be? Well, they all are different from each other; and that is the only ‘common’ thing among them. While it is true that many people wholeheartedly acknowledge this fact live their lives with this rule at the back of their minds, they also think that being too different is not desirable. They don’t want to be ostracized by their group, hence they pretend to like things that they don’t like. They wouldn’t dare to do something which would make them stand out as a misfit who doesn’t know how to conform to societal norms. Besides, who would like to be left all alone having no people whom s/he identifies with. This is the first group of people. Eventually these people change themselves a lot according to the people they associate with. There’s a second group of people who think they’re different too. Like super different. They are full of confidence that they are the special snowflakes of the world who would change it. These often don’t care about being criticized for their likes and choices and create their own rules. The first group of people often see those falling in the second one as wrong. According to them, they are doing something terribly wrong by not fitting in. To all those people, here’s a quote by Steve Jobs that will probably make them think.
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” — Think Different, narrated by Steve Jobs
So the next time we think anybody is too different; I hope we remember this quote, and along with it, the long list of scientists, businesspersons, economists, inventors and artists who were all very different, and who really did change the world.