I am reading The Values Factor: The Secret to Creating an Inspired and Fulfilling Life By Dr. John Demartiini and want to share this with you:
Only by being true to yourself can you maintain your integrity, achieve your own authority, and find the fulfillment that you inwardly seek. The alternative was chillingly described by Emerson’s contemporary Henry David Thoreau, who wrote, “The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignations confirmed desperation.“ Thoreau saw quite clearly that most people never tap into what really inspires them. Instead, they subordinate themselves to social idealisms (what they think they “ought” to do), the values of others whom they look up to, or their own limited beliefs about what is possible for them. They stand in sharp contrast to the people who dare to leave a legacy by creating a life based on their highest values, a life that makes a unique contribution to current and future generations of humanity.
Isn't it interesting that so many people subordinate themselves to great leaders – political, religious, and artistic leaders – and yet, the great leaders achieved their influence precisely by not subordinating themselves? Great leaders refuse to placate the social norm or to remain stuck in stagnate traditions or old paradigms. Instead, they embrace the challenge of giving birth to new ideas and new visions, and succeed in making significant and novel contributions to the world.
(The Values Factor: The Secret to Creating an Inspired and Fulfilling Life
By Dr. John Demartiini © 2013; Berkley Books, New York, NY; p. 34)