• Lorri

Conformity is the Enemy of Progress

“Many peoples' tombstones should read 'Died at 30, buried at 60.” Nicholas M. Butler

I think most people will agree there’s truth in the above quote, and everyone will certainly agree they don’t want their own lives lived out this way. And yet, despite our desires to live extraordinary, meaningful, creative, fulfilling lives, so many of us get stuck in the drudgery of routine. Safe choices, whether personal or professional, are often motivated by fear and uncertainty. But as any successful person will tell you, it’s those who dare to risk their comfort, those who push past the boundaries of ‘what is’ to discover ‘what could be’ who yield the greatest rewards in life.

This fantastic award winning short animated film by Pixar, ‘Alike’ underscores the emotional toll of conformity. As the film illustrates, society works hard to put us into a mould from a very young age; this carries on into adulthood, when meeting targets and deadlines, saving money and getting ahead of the competition are held up as the standards of success.