Jaden, a high school student, created a powerful video for a class project called “This I Believe.” She wrote, edited and choreographed this lovely call to us all, but especially to high schoolers, to be themselves. Please enjoy and share with anyone you think could…
Thank you for this very insightful piece. The pressure to conform seems to be universal. We are social animals. Non-conformance can often become a similar trap.
Howard Thurman said that the two most important questions in life are where are we going and who is going with us and that most of us as these questions in the wrong sequence.
I could never agree more. I have seen people who follow others only just for acceptance. It is in a way, ‘pathetic’. As if, you could not have the courage and the capabilities to come out with your own identity. Others expect you to just conform, for example, management at work. At some point, it is to make sure you are under control and their ego is…
Spot on. I have noticed this “culture” creeping into more typically staid corporate environments that want to cultivate a “startuppy ethos” as well (“just add a kegerator & foosball table and suddenly we’re innovating again!”).
I see this as a systems problem: it is both a symptom and a self-reinforcing cause of further…