Stand Up to Conformity at Your Job

Conforming to society is one way to live your life. You can get a job that someone dredged through before you got there. Going through the motions as you answer to your boss. Complaining to your friends and family that you hate your job, but that you have to keep working there. Buying things to make you feel better about yourself because you “deserve” them.

"If they give you lined paper, write the other way."
- Ray Bradbury

The other, better way to live your life is to go against the grain. Stand up to authority when they are being abusive. Tell people what you really think at work instead of being timid all the time. Advocate change in the world around you. It is better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you aren’t.

The generation gap that recent college graduates experience when they enter the working world can cause them to do one of two things.

  1. They can conform to the conventions of the organization they join.
  2. They can bring in fresh ideas and change the group for the better.

Those are the only choices there are. You either roll with the punches and become another cog in the machine or you speak up and influence revolution.

Life is too short to just simply base it off the expectations of others. When you wake up in the morning, think to yourself who is in charge of your life. The answer should always be you. As you go through your day, remember that no one has more control over your life than you do.

Don’t let yourself conform to society. Create your own life based on the things you want and treat your career the same way.

Answer first to no one but yourself.