Having the courage to be original really means being brave enough to be yourself. Certainly this can seem daunting and frightening, because to really live as you are means opening yourself up to the judgement of others. Usually, we shield ourselves from others to some extent.

Each of us is uniquely valuable. So why hide the truth of who you are?

Imagine what it might be like if everyone truly knew you, inside and out, what wonderful things you’re capable of, and how fully human you are, just like them.

There can be a great, false comfort in conforming and keeping your head down. But you sacrifice ever knowing your true potential. And you risk boredom; when the path is fully laid out for you, there’s no adventure.

Living with originality takes some courage for sure, but the rewards far outweigh the penalties of hiding your inner self.

Being original has a lot of perks:

  1. Greater fulfilment and personal satisfaction. Life has more meaning when it’s 100% authentic.
  2. Increased charisma. People will find you more interesting and pay attention to you more. Authentic people are attractive to pretty much everyone.
  3. Greater ability to take risks and be creative. Your life will have more depth and you’ll experience more success in every part of your life.
  4. By being original, you stand a chance to change the world. And regardless of what you do, you’ll surely be remembered. Only unique people do great things. Average people do average things.

Try these ideas to cultivate your originality:

  1. Be aware of who you are inside. This may take some thought, especially if you spend all day working and all night watching television. Regularly spend quiet time with yourself. Contemplate who you are and what you stand for.
  2. Express yourself freely. Give your opinions without judging yourself, especially when you’re asked for them. Let people know what you think without being unkind. Allow yourself to have your own style, whether it’s your taste in music, your profession, or just what to wear today.
  3. Avoid worrying about others’ opinions. The big secret is that they’re probably worried about what you think of them. Chances are good that nobody is spending much time thinking about any of us. And there’s nothing more attractive to others than someone that moves through the world confidently and without apology.
  • Just be yourself and let the chips fall where they may. You’ll be surprised how easy it is once you try it. It’s analogous to being afraid of the dark; there’s simply nothing there to fear.

Consider famous people like Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and others. Do you know of another person who is anything like any of them? They’re originals.

People who conform can never really stand out unless they’re in extraordinary circumstances. Maybe you’re not the next Albert Einstein, but how will you ever know if you decide to continue selling shoes all your life even though you want to quit and study physics?

Being original is about having the courage to be yourself and letting the world know who you are. This isn’t always easy, but it’s necessary to truly experience the depth of your life.

Have the courage to be unique! You’ll live in an intensely fulfilled way and you’ll be remembered long after you’re gone.


Dr. Hannes Dreyer
Dr. Hannes Dreyer

Hannes is one of the world’s leading authorities in Wealth Creation. As a speaker and author on the subject he is at the forefront of this personal development industry. He is the founder of the Wealth Creators University and the Wealth Creators Method. The University is a private education organisation based on the culmination of 30 years of experience, research and study into finances, economics, psychology and philosophy.

    8 replies to "[WI] Developing The Courage To Cultivate Originality"

    • Avatar Riana

      THANK YOU FOR ALLLL YOUR VALUABLE INPUT!!!
      THANK YOU FOR KEEPING ME ON YOUR EMAIL LIST!!!
      BLESSINGS!!!
      xxx

    • Avatar Lindsey

      Very Good article Hannes , as always inspiring to read and you are a first class example of all that you wrote about.Well done

    • Avatar Koos Bierman

      All people are unique there is not such a thing as a average person therefore every person can do great things. Keep on with the great work Hannes.

      • Avatar André Mouton

        Well said Hannes. Every one of us is “wired” differently because of our DNA. However, we should never, irrespective of age, stop to “grow”.

    • Avatar Jackie Pepler

      Weereens “well done” Hannes !!
      Dankie ek leer dit vir my kinders ook – kom ons kweek hierdie beginsels by ons jeug ook – dit sal ons weer terugsit op die pad van wedersydse vertroue, eerlikheid en intgriteit – goed wat geld nie kan koop nie !

    • Avatar Thandeka

      Wow Being original I stand a great chance to Change the world. Im taking these words with me. Lord Guide me through this Journey.

      Thanks Hannes it was a great pleasure and a Blessing to meet and talk with you at Riverside Hotel Durban… Im inspired will meet very soon at Shumas Farm…

    • Avatar colin

      Thank you Hannes for such inspiration.

    • Avatar Kobus

      Dankie Hannes , vir die skrywe. Ek het net vroeer vandag bir my vrou gese ek is moeg om altyd te konformeer.
      Dit gaan dalk ‘n rukkie vat , maar van nou af is ek eie ek is .
      Die pad le nou oop vorentoe.

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