Trust nobody who tells how your story goes

Here’s a list of things I believe. 

Feedback is useless, failure is overrated, authenticity is pretentious, teamwork is wasteful, balance is bullshit, ambition is insufficient, competition is stupid, effectiveness is relative, quality is unnecessary and planning is pointless. 

These aren’t exactly popular opinions, but I still believe them, and I have zero feelings of guilt or fear or shame around them. Because I give myself permission not to buy into mainstream thinking. I allow myself not to march in lockstep with pop culture. 

Besides, there’s no such thing as a thought police or a believing committee or some other sanctioning body whose job it is to assign me a demerit for holding contrarian beliefs. And so, every time I share them, I feel profoundly liberated. 

I challenge you to try this thought experiment. Search inside yourself for an opinion that you’ve found to be true, one that flies in the face of conventional wisdom, one that challenges the widely accepted worldview of the masses, but one that you’ve always too apprehensive to share. Set aside whatever polite and politically correct inhibitions you might have, and just start sharing it. 

Watch people’s eyes twitch and sphincters tighten when that opinion lands. Begin riding the sweet waves of that rocking boat, and see how you feel. Odds are, you’ll become addicted to this drug known as radical honesty. And you’ll start sharing those opinions more often. 

Remember, opinions are the only thing people pay for. Have them.


Are you brave enough to turn the prevailing point of view on its head and announce to the world that there’s more than one way to view reality?

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Filmmaker. Inventor. Singer. Songwriter.

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