Why It Is Best To Be Unconventional, Despite What Conventionalists Say

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When you are unconventional, you are true to yourself.

The Ability To Think Differently Is A Rare Skill

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Over fifty percent of adults find it difficult and uncomfortable to think differently. Some even find the task exhausting. Can you believe that? It’s because most people lose critical associational thinking skills by the time they reach adulthood.

***SOURCE: https://hbr.org/2011/09/begin-to-think-differently

Don't Allow Average People To Influence You

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Often, those who deviate from normality are seen as extreme, crazy, or even naïve. People who adhere to the nuances of mainstream living usually make these conclusions. All too often, it’s their unfortunate views that hinder individuals from being…well...individual.

Being Unconventional Is Being True To Yourself

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By allowing yourself to ignore the pressures of societal standards, you learn many things about yourself - what you want, what you like, and what you believe. Moreover, thinking outside of the box encourages creativity and boldness.

Unconventionality Doesn't Have To Be Extreme

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Unconventional living doesn't have to be as extreme as say, ditching your job and buying a houseboat, or throwing all principles to the wind and joining a motorcycle gang (however, feel free to be free!). You can let your unconventionality shine as little or as much as you want to, whether it's through an extreme life change, or a simple tweak in how you present yourself to the world.

Simply Dressing Unconventionally Can Be Impactful

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New research has discovered that people who are seen as deliberately wearing unconventional attire in particular circumstances are associated with higher competence and status. However, I'm not saying you should don a feather boa to your board meeting. Basically, being aware of an established norm and intentionally rejecting it in certain instances is perceived as a positive thing.

***SOURCE: http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/the-surprising-benefits-of-nonconformity/

Unconventionality Paves The Way For Innovation

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Unconventional leaders (think Anna Wintour and Mark Zuckerberg) continue to illustrate how unconventionality is capable of spawning creativity and flexibility that repeatedly beats competitors in their fields. In order to tap into this sort of leadership role, you must accept change and take the risks associated with being different.

Unconventionality Is Necessary For Change

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Conventional thinking is actually quickly becoming outdated. Some generations have had the crucial responsibility of figuring out ways to change once-standard thoughts and rules that have been detrimental to humankind, and there is no question that these kinds of revolutionary changes are critical to our history.

Being Normal Is Everything Short Of Amazing

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Take Maya Angelou for instance, as she is quoted saying: “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” Nonconformists like Maya Angelou have made a bold difference with persistence in being heard and forcibly understood against a world too easily standardized.

Conventionalism Can Be Dangerous

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Being different in any way is typically threatening to others and how they perceive an individual, which causes most people to strive for conventionality. This is dangerous because ultimately you can lose critical thinking and logic, as well as sight of your own values and beliefs.

Being Different Matters

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It’s more important now than ever to remember that thinking for yourself instead of passively allowing others to decide who you are, what you like, or what you believe MATTERS.

Your Difference Makes A Difference

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On the lower end of the scale, being unconventional could create the type of success that would well-align with individuals who see more for themselves than cubicle life, name brand slavery, or media brainwashing. On the higher end of the scale, unconventionality is capable of changing the world.