Today's Important Choice

In his book, Linchpin, Seth Godin writes, “You can either fit in, or stand out.  Not both.”

Those who fit in usually make very little difference.

Don’t misunderstand. There is nothing wrong with conformity to a cause or strategy that is compelling.

But artists, the Linchpins (to use Godin’s word), are the ones who commit to bringing their absolute best when things are not so compelling.  They stand out. They refuse to fit in to a culture of mediocrity.

I suspect there is a place where you need to stand out today. It might be a moment under the spotlight with everyone watching, or it might be in a private place when you are alone.

Don’t yield to fear and fit in. Fear paralyzes and only weakens the culture.

You will make an important choice today. You will either fit in, or stand out . . . but not both.



What are some healthy ways a leader should stand out?



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David Schiff

8 years ago

Standing out in a private place when alone . . . neat concept. Thank you.


8 years ago

Thanks David!

Coach Brown

8 years ago

I believe uniformity can create anonymity in the crowd that some will call conformity, but in God’s plan, I believe our individuality can be transformed by God to enable us to be a key component for the good of His community. There can be diversity in unity where God is concerned. Many members, one body.


8 years ago

Good word Coach. Thanks!

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