‘The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.’
It is a quote often credited to Albert Einstein about the importance of standing alone. But is this really true?
The idea within our society, at least in the personal development-interested part, is that in order to be strong one has to stand alone.
This is not the way I see it.
One has to be ABLE to stand alone, to be willing to if the other option is to sell out his soul by hiding his truth.
That willingness, that bond with truth and the courage to stand up for it may result in being alone. Not everyone will understand what you have to say. Not all will interpet your actions in the way you intended them. And it’s a characteristic of the strong to share and expose themselves anyway.
But, and this is a big one,
Being alone is no requirement for or proof of bravery. It can actually be the opposite when it becomes an excuse to place yourself outside of society, away from confrontation and possible disappointments.
The balanced man accepts himself completely, while at the same time striving to become better. His aim is to fulfil his potential and share what he has to offer for the betterment of the world. That’s what coming home means.
And so this man speaks his truth by accepting all possible outcomes and does not move into the hills before even the last word has left his mouth. He does not hold back to avoid scrutiny or lower his expectations to not be disappointed.
He will speak and he will face the result of his doing. If he will stand alone because of it, then so be it. If he is celebrated, then good. But his aim is always truth.
Do you dare to stand in the crowd, with your heart open and truth on your lips?
Did you know that taking distance to see things in perspective is the domain of the Owl? Only the Owl needs to acceptance of the whale and courage of the lion to come down from his tree and interact with others. More on what the Manpower model can do here.
Oh; The quote mentioned in the beginning is actually from Alan Ashley-Pitt according to my research on the internet.