Break out of the herd mentality

Don't be a sheep..

A herd-dog and a herd of sheep

Be aware of the herd mentality, the reason that 99% of the people in the world will never reach success.

Herd mentality is the fact that most people are just copying what others are doing to fit into society and not make any noise.

One reason for people trying to fit in is that they have low self-esteem and don’t believe that their opinion is worth anything.

Another reason is that some people tend to look down on people who are being different and trying to achieve something.

In Scandinavia they call this “The law of Jante” and it is common that people criticize those who are trying to achieve something.

Picture of dead fish with the quote: "Only dead fish go with the flow"Those people are just wrong..

You’re not a sheep… You’re a person with a purpose trying to achieve something in life.

You are your own man (or woman) and what other people think of you should not matter.

Like Arnold said: “Ignore the Naysayers”

How to break out of the Herd mentality

So now that you know what herd mentality is learn how to break out of it and be your own person.

Be aware

Stop going on routine and just trusting anything the media or your peers are saying to you; be a source critic and actually check for facts backing up what is being said. Also notice how people in groups are usually just copies of each other.

Experiment

Form your own opinion about what you like and dislike, rather than just ordering the same food and drink when out with your friends; try something new. Mimicking others is what a sheep does.

No stress

If you can’t make up your mind about a choice don’t hurry and just select something to not “make a fuzz” when you’re first in line. Instead take your time and choose wisely; Just because other people choose in a hurry doesn’t mean you have to.

Stand out

Don’t care about what other people think of you. People with low self-esteem copy others to get social proof and fit in. Be a bit different, your peers will respect you for it, and if they don’t they probably aren’t that good people to hang out with to begin with.

So from now on when you are doing something, do it because you yourself want to do it! Okay?

5 Comments

  1. Awesome share Nathan!
    I once heard a saying that goes “the purpose of The Herd is to keep you in The Herd.” This is why when you want to venture out into something new, some people around you will criticise you or tell you their disbelief in what you’re attempting to do.
    What’s important it to break out of The Herd and be an Eagle – Eagles don’t herd 🙂

  2. be the trendsetter and make shit happen. being a follower doesnt help you.

  3. Step out and be seen!!! Forge your own path I say

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