Don’t Be A Follower Be A Leader….
It’s probably one of the oldest clichés in the book, but is also true, by following someone else all you end up is a passenger on their journey, by creating your own path you’re the creator of yours.
Sheep follow other sheep around, and do not succeed at anything themselves, if you want to succeed you have to be prepared to stand up and be counted, if you’re prepared to do that you will go far.
All the way through school and university when someone asked anyone have any questions or they waited, eagerly for an answer, no one ever piped up they were all scared to ask one stupid question or give one wrong answer.
I never was, in fact I used to get told I had to give others a chance, yet no one ever had anything to say until I said something, or the odd time someone else said something first then suddenly everyone else, had questions too.
No one wants to go first.
But if you want to succeed you have to go first, you have to be that leader.
By being the leader you have a tremendous advantage, in marketing we call this First-Mover Advantage but it applies to everything.
You may have learnt on school, everyone is a winner for taking part, that’s rubbish, in the real world; the winner is the guy who came first whether the race was fair or not someone has to win.
Now there are some exceptions to this, my first success was not particularly unique in idea, but the one who was first had a massive advantage over me, and there’s would certainly sell for allot more.
Now I’m not saying you always have to innovate, always have to be first, since unless you have a time machine that’s not always possible, but where it is then be first.
Most people have the potential to win at life but they just don’t do anything with it, they want someone else to do it first because they are scared of the risk.
The flipside of this is you can sometimes do something too early, for example in marketing their where many ideas for websites that had they have been launched 10 years later would have succeed, yet they didn’t because they were too advanced for their era, so it’s also about timing so using logical as to when to do whatever, rather than letting fear stop you.