Alan Donegan: Rebel Business School Co-Founder, Rebel Entrepreneur podcast host, Rebel Finance School co-founder and Queen's award winner. Marvel movie fan fanatic, breakfast lover and financial independent traveller
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If you want exceptional results then do something exceptional!
The traditional way to do things
We are all trained to follow the traditional path in western culture (and I am sure in other areas around the world too!) by our parents, by our education by what society says to us through media, advertising and friends and family.
Before we can look at what different is let's look at the traditional path:
Now before we get down on the traditional way to do things I want to say that if this is what you WANT to do then that is cool. What I am saying is that most people blindly follow this path without ever deciding for themselves what they actually want to do.
Society trains you to follow this path in so many different ways. It's the:
Society is always training us to do things that fit in. Through the messages online, the media, the people and every interaction we have. We are being influenced to fit in.
And you know what!?!? It takes ENERGY to stand out and do things differently. That is why most people never do it!
Ways to do things differently
Let's have a look at how most people in the UK do things and then how we might do things differently:
We are conditioned to think that starting a business takes money. The government conditions us by launching programmes like the TERRIBLE Start-Up Loans Company to lend us money, the banks are one of the main sources of entrepreneurial advice out there and they make their money by lending us money and in school, college and university they train us to write business plans and work out how much money we need to borrow to start a business so they have something to mark!
Is it any wonder that people find it hard to do something differently when EVERYONE is telling them they have to do it the traditional way?
Is it a wonder that people just follow suit rather than think for themselves?
As you can probably tell I get very passionate about this subject because it has caused me a lot of pain over the years. Standing up to the system, doing things differently, not falling into line takes energy, confidence and an attitude. And even if you are successful doing things differently the world will continue to tell you to fall into line!
It is your duty to stand up for what you believe and say to the rest of the world NO. We do things differently and for a good reason.
Here is some examples of how I have done things differently over the years to give you some inspiration
In every area of my life I like to look at what everyone else is doing and then do the opposite. If everyone is borrowing money to start a business I'll do it with none. If everyone starts their presentations with their name then I will put mine at the end, if everyone else is buying bigger houses I will buy a smaller flat.
I don't do it just to be different.
I do it because "If you want exceptional results you have to do something exceptional!"
If you are just following the traditional path, if you are doing the same as everyone else then you can expect the same results as everyone else.
I wanted to write this post to challenge you to do something different. Have a look around you and see what everyone else is doing. Have a look at their results and ask yourself "am I happy getting the same results as the average person?"
If not then do something different...……………..