I don’t mean that in a disparaging way. But it’s true, for most of our lives, we’re taught to walk the line, to go down a certain path, to make decisions based on what’s safe or certain. If everyone is doing something, you probably should too, right?
Having a herd mentality means being influenced by the world to adopt certain behaviors. There’s nothing wrong with this, and in many cases it’s unavoidable. Artists draw inspiration from the work of other artists. Businesses adopt best practices from other businesses. We’re all building on the discoveries of those who came before us.
But there should come a point where you seek to find your own voice — where you allow your curiosity to lead the way in your work, despite the possibility that your idea might fail. Remember, it will always be easier to take the well-trodden path. What’s far more challenging is blazing a trail.
Forging into the darkness requires having the audacity to take risks. But audacity breeds innovation. And innovation is what sets you free.