“To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody but yourself – means to fight the hardest battle that any human being can fight – and never stop fighting.” – e.e. cummings
There are forces, often hidden forces, lurking nearby. They’re at work to crush you, to jam you into the bell curve, to set you within the confines of the mean – the mere average.
These forces, while appearing benign, have powerful effect. They diminish your spirit and identity, they rob you of possibility, they steal your dreams.
Every day, you must resist the gravitational pull of the bell curve, that often unseen urge that beckons you to rest, to slow down, to relax your disciplines and habits. It’s the urge that pushes you away from from excellence, and sucks you into the vortex of mediocrity. Every day you must rejoin the fight to be an outlier – the one who lives life as you imagine, on your terms – to meet with uncommon success in common hours. (Thoreau)