I’m a rocket scientist turned author and law professor.
But at heart, I’m a contrarian.
Contrarian /noun/. A person who takes up a contrary position, especially a position opposed to the majority view, regardless of how unpopular it may be.
We’re genetically programmed to follow the herd. Thousands of years ago, conformity to our tribe was essential to our survival. If you didn’t conform, you’d be ostracized, rejected, or worse, left for dead.
Not anymore. Continued success in the modern world requires continued innovation. The ability to disrupt established methods and find new ways of looking at old ideas is one of the most sought-after qualifications in all fields.
It’s a super power that allows you to be right when others are wrong.
Yet this super power is becoming increasingly rare. We’ve been brainwashed from an early age to toe the line, use # 2 pencils, and color between the lines.
Good boy. Good girl.
But here’s the hard truth.
You can’t get ahead if you’re simply following.
When you learn how to challenge the status quo, you won’t just change the way you view the world.
You’ll be empowered to change the world itself.