Safe Is Not Remarkable

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
–Andre Gide

What are you thinking during that moment when you’re about to click the publish button on your blog? Are there times when you ask yourself if you should take out the paragraph that might offend someone? Are there times when you wonder who are you to be giving out advice? Are there times when you think you’ll look foolish because you’re going against common wisdom? What do you do in those moments? Do you publish anyway or do you play it safe?

If you play is safe, that moment is the moment between you and remarkable as Seth Godin put it today.

When you are sitting right on the edge of something daring and scary and creative and powerful and perhaps wonderful… and you blink and take a step back.

That’s the moment. The moment between you and remarkable.

Often remarkable will make you feel uncomfortable. It makes you want to blink and take a step back. Don’t. The reasons that make you hesitate before publishing are the reasons someone else is likely to take notice and comment on what you have to say. For every person you might offend you have another person who commends you. When you challenge convention you stand out.

Much of the time we do what the crowd is doing. It’s easy. It’s safe. But it’s not remarkable.

Not that you should always look to offend or go against the grain, but don’t let it stop you from saying what you want. Sometimes remarkable is scary. You’re not sure what others will think or say. But if they’re thinking and saying then you are being remarkable regardless of what it is they’re thinking and saying.

It’s easy to play it safe. It takes courage to be remarkable.

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
–Robert F. Kennedy

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