“Hungered, violent, solitary, godless: that is how the lion-will wants to be. Free from the happiness of serfs, redeemed from gods and worship, fearless and fearful, great and solitary: that is how the will of the genuine man is. The genuine men, the free spirits, have always dwelt in the desert, as the lords of the desert; but in the towns dwell the well-fed famous philosophers – the draught animals.”
Nietzche’s core message is to make your own path, to separate from the herd. Look around you, do you see a crowd? You are that crowd; you are them. You seek their approval in everything you do. You dress in their approved fashion, you listen to the approved music station, you follow the approved icons, you are in short, nothing but a sheep. You follow, you do not lead.
True leaders try to find their path in solitude, unplugged from the world. They are in a constant state of struggle and conflict within themselves to find out what is right – what is right for them! They do not blindly follow the approved message given to the masses. They search deep within themselves to find out what is true, no matter how painful that truth may be. And they discover a truth in them that is based on their own life experience, not someone else’s.
You don’t have to have your name on a billboard to be great. You don’t need a social media account to be great. You don’t need an exorbitant amount of wealth to be great. To be great, you need only one thing, courage. The courage to be yourself. You need the personal courage to go at it alone. At some point you must begin the unending task of struggle and conflict within yourself. You must challenge every belief, everything in your life that you ‘think’ you know to be true. Most people will do this selectively in areas that don’t threaten their deeply held beliefs. But how many challenge their religion or their politics? How many people challenge the love from a family member or spouse? How many have the guts to challenge their ultimate reality? These types of challenges are what separate the good from the great. To become great, to become exceptional, you must separate yourself from the herd and challenge all of your deeply held beliefs, consequences be damned.
While excruciatingly painful, this process will free your spirit to be what you were always meant to be, great. All of us have a life’s purpose, a quest that only we are worthy to complete. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Don’t be afraid of solitude, to be alone in your head. Take time out and enjoy the company of yourself. Don’t listen to the herd, or seek approval from others when you know damn well what you ought to be doing. Take the road less traveled and experience all this life has to offer. Get in touch with me to learn more and experience quality real estate in Manhattan.
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