Instead of always following the crowd, why not aim to become an unstoppable positive force for the crowd to follow?
Whatever you do in your work, your business, your spare time, it’s not just you - you are part of the bigger picture. Everyone has a role to play.
We should always strive to be the best we can be because we can all be role models and can influence another person's life in a positive light. Of course, there will always be people doing the opposite but maybe they can serve a purpose as an example of what not to do.
Social scientists have found that when one person makes a decision about something, other people will often subconsciously copy them. They believe this occurs because we constantly evaluate what our peers are doing and we adjust our beliefs and actions accordingly. When people see their friends or neighbours taking care of their health by eating healthily, and walking instead of taking the car, they infer that people like them also value healthy choices and feel more compelled to act themselves. At work, someone who really cares about doing a good job will very likely influence others to think the same and so will help erase any blips from the bigger picture.
“If humans were to model the lifestyle displayed by a healthy community of cells, our societies and our planet would be more peaceful and vital.” Bruce H. Lipton.
There is a jigsaw puzzle aspect to everything we do, searching for the right bit, adding another few pieces until the bigger picture appears. Finding the right job or the right staff, recognising our role, influencing our clients/customers and making life better for everyone. That's the appeal: the challenge of it.
"None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful." Mother Teresa.