The rise of the sheeple class
The world is full of people that no longer think for themselves, that have stopped questioning the information they receive or even take the time to develop their own opinion about what is happening around them. They are known as sheeple, people who are not willing to think for themselves and simply follow the crowd.
Sheeple are highly influenced by the media or by whoever is speaking the loudest. I am a huge advocate of TED and TEDx events, and earlier in September, I had the opportunity to sit in the audience of a TEDx event that I founded just four years ago… this time, I was only a spectator. I was shocked! I was Absolutely dumbfounded in how the masses just accepted the ideas from the stage – there was no questioning or accountability of the presenters.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the sharing of great ideas, but that is the whole point – they are ideas. Ideas are to be challenged, tested, and evolved as they grow. If we accept them as they are, the idea is dead on arrival.
3 ways to avoid being in the herd of sheeple
It does not matter if you are in business or an employee, your organization needs critical thinkers that are willing to stand against the current and challenge the status quo. These people will upset the sheeples, but will change the landscape from flat line to growth.
Standing out isn’t easy for most; you will receive disapproving glares from people you thought you knew. The key is to not be defensive, because this is your life not theirs and it is okay to want to find your own truth… they have theirs.
Below are the three basic elements of not being a sheeple:
- Question everything that you read, watch, and hear – don’t just take it as truth. Understand when and why it is truth, then create your own unique opinions and strategies.
- Think five years ahead to your financial and life goals and learn how you will achieve them. Do not depend on your company to create your retirement, understand how to make your money work for you. The freedom of financial stability is what will give you the confidence to make hard decisions moving forward.
- Read, watch, and engage in conversations that fill your soul, which inspires you to dream, smile, and laugh.