The great Albert Einstein said it well: “The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd.”
From a young age, we do everything in groups. We attend school, play sport, and socialise in cohorts. We’re taught by the same teachers, with one class curriculum. Without even being aware of it, we start to adopt the same views, thoughts, and outlook on life.
But the reality is, we’re all different. We all have our unique personalities (which at Tick, we aim to help you see).
Yes, it’s a natural desire to be ‘accepted’ by others, to want to fit in. But diluting your own uniqueness is cutting you off from the very essence of what makes you stand out. This is true in your personal world and in a business sense.
Just because your competitor is adding a new service or charging a certain amount, it doesn’t mean you should, too. The only way you’re going to know what is right for you is to be guided by your intuition (and your personality).
People who have achieved great success don’t follow in the path of others. They push the curve and do what others don’t. We can learn from people around us, but that’s all it should be – advice.
Creativity and innovation are impaired when we all do the same thing. While it can seem like the ‘safer’ option to do what the majority is, you risk blocking the very thing that people want.
We recently met a 30-something ‘tradie’ at an event. His grandpa opened a mechanics workshop and built it from the ground up. His Dad worked there his entire life. But this man didn’t want to take over the family business. He spent his days dreaming of becoming a skipper, but he never did. He succumb to what others wanted because it was ‘easier.’
Some call it laziness, while others viewed it as people pleasing. This isn’t a message daring you to be different. But rather, encouragement to be yourself. And the best way to move forward with this is to know yourself.
Managers and leaders, before you can even talk about a team, you need to understand the individual people in it. This is why Tick’s personality profiling tools exist. To build strong teams, with self-aware individuals.
And, team members? Have you ever wondered why you get along with certain people, and avoid at others? Are you doing great work, but certain tasks give you anxiety? Take a step back and find out your Tick personality bird type. The answers won’t just help you in the office. You’ll carry these amazing insights with you, in all facets of life.