The popular aphorism “when you stand for nothing, you fall for everything” comes to mind here. That’s some mind strengthening words tucked in utmost seriousness for consideration. It just stirs you up for action and gets you equipped to face life’s challenge. On the flip side does this also mean “when you stand for something, you fall for nothing?” The answer is an outright ‘NO’ as falling for nothing means being stereotyped because of a particular set of ideals you hold onto with repute. Mind you, some of these so-called are questionable. Now, in the peregrination of life, you would come across different stereotypes. Some at your workplace who wouldn’t identify with you because of your skin color; some at the church who ostracize you because of your sexual proclivities and everywhere else. This category of people makes you feel you’re less of a person but the good news is, you know you are not. Funny enough, no one likes to be seen as a stereotype. Now defying stereotypes goes a long way in preparing you for living your dream as it endues you with confidence. We only hope this article will help you see from this perspective.
What’s being stereotyped?Stereotype – a polite way of saying, egoist. It represents viewing the world from your little spectacles and holding that view as supreme because of some over-romanticized ideals or principles you’ve been indoctrinated to hold onto. This doesn’t go down well as it might pitch you at opposite ends with friends and colleagues. Stereotypes are easy to identify. They do stuff in the only way and manner with which they have been taught. They are mostly conservative giving no room for reasoning or change. You don’t need such people dictating the pace at which you go in your pursuit of happiness in life. You need you. How then do you defy stereotypes? Just as it’s easy to kick a ball with one of your legs, believe me, defying stereotypes is much easier than that.
- First, understand that stereotypes might be based on falsehood
- Know why you want what you want
- Avoid being opinionated
- Be the example
- Be careful of other stereotypes