Fear Of Others – Alex Skinner

Alex Skinner – @SkinnerStrength

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

Why do we let the fear of differing from our peers engulf our every being that we result to hindering the growth within ourselves? We let the voice of others drown out our calling.

You could call my bluff and say “well that’s not true! I live the life I want to live and I love it!” Well maybe that is the case. If so, that’s awesome. But for the majority of people, you wake up after you hit the snooze for the 5th time, rush yourself out the door with your coffee in hand so you can go through the motions of your 9-5 job that you hate, but you stay with it, because it pays the bills and you’re just “getting by.” With the only goal in sight being the weekends so you can turn up with your bros. 

That’s not living your best life. That’s called “going through the motions.” 

I’m not an expert, nor do I claim to be one. I’m only 17 years old, but I do know a thing or two. In fact, an idea I am most certain on is that we are all unique. Every single one of us was placed on this earth for a reason. The odds of becoming a human being are 400 trillion to one. You can’t tell me that you were placed here to serve no purpose. That is ludicrous to me.

We were not put on this earth to waste our time away stacking shelves, work in a cubicle for a boss you hate or drift through life with no goals in sight.

Our mission is bigger than that.

If you go back to primitive times and observe the way people operated, it was simple. Every one served a purpose. There were hunters, gatherers, farmers, military men, women that took care of the children and home, merchants, and even doctors. Similar to what we have now except people worked with passion and for a reason. If they slacked or did not do their part then they would not only be a detriment to themselves but to their civilization as well. They would be publicly embarrassed and sometimes even killed. 

We do not exactly have those same consequences in todays day in age. If you slack you might hurt your company and get fired. But hey, your local McDonalds is always hiring incase all else fails. That’s not a hit on McDonalds, that is just proof that we have a safety net in today’s society. It’s easy to fit in and go with the flow. To sell yourself short and not live to your full potential, because that’s what all your peers are doing, is now the new “norm.”

Why not be different?

Go against the grain.

There is only one of you.

I’m going to give you my 3 biggest tips to separate yourself from the crowd so you can live a life with purpose and reason.

1) Find your “WHY”

What turns your gears? How could you leverage your “why” to your advantage in order to reach more people or impact more lives?

2) Set Goals

When there is a rhyme to a reason it makes your mission that much clearer. Goals open your eyes to all of the possibilities that life has to offer. They subconsciously push you to do more, be more and want more for yourself and others.

3) Surround Yourself With Winners

When I say “Winners” I mean people who are striving to be more. People who want others to be more. People who are constantly trying to better themselves in all aspects of their life. Those are the type of people you want to be around.

At the end of the day you can do whatever you want to do. It’s your life.

But just remember, you have a unique song within you.

Don’t be afraid to sing it for the world to hear.

You just might inspire someone else to do the same.


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