From Chapter 16 “The Rare Find” in Ingredients of Outliers.
Food for Thought
- What I look for in job applicants, and in me, is a drive to constantly become better. It could be “better” at something trivial, but it’s still an improvement. The next time you conduct an interview, or even when you are talking to a friend, ask: “How are you bettering yourself?” In most people, the thought of continued improvement never crosses their mind. Now that it’s crossed yours, you’re well ahead in the game!
In Other Words
There is some work that will never be done if you don’t do it. There is someone who would miss you if you were gone.
There is a place that you alone can fill.
~ Jacob Braude
Every human being is intended to have a character of his own, to be what no others are, and to do what no other can do.
~ William Ellery Channing
Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself—no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are—completely; the good and the bad—and make changes as you see fit, not because you think someone else wants you to be different.
~ Stacey Charter
By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.
~ Edwin Elliot
You’re irreplaceable. Without your voice, your passion, something is missing from the conversation. Whatever you bring, we need it. We need you. It’s true.
~ Holley Gerth
What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it. What another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself.
~ André Gide
The individual is the true reality of life. A cosmos in himself, he does not exist for the State, nor for that abstraction called ‘society,’ or the ‘nation,’ which is only a collection of individuals.
~ Emma Goldman
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche
You’ve gotta be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for?
~ Bernadette Peters
If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’re not prepared to be original.
~ Sir Ken Robinson
Individuality is the salt of common life. You may have to live in a crowd, but do not have to live like it, nor subsist on its food.
~ Henry Van Dyke