Am I a Follower or a Trailblazer?

Maria Palma had an excellent post yesterday that echoes a business sermon I’ve been preaching for a long time. Everyone is in a mad scramble to discover "best practices". While I applaud the desire to learn from what others are doing well, I fear that the entire affair is stifling creativity and ingenuity in the marketplace. I’ve watched some businesses become so focused on what others are doing that they can’t see their own unique strengths and abilities in order to leverage them into success. Have we reverted into a giant adolescent peer group so focused on looking, talking and acting like everyone else in the school that we are blind to the individuality that gives us great worth?

I don’t want to be another Disney, another Nordstroms, another Amazon.
I don’t want to be like someone else.
I don’t want to be someone else.
I want to be who I am.
I want to trailblaze.
Let’s go.

  1 comment for “Am I a Follower or a Trailblazer?

  1. April 5, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    Ok, Tom, I’m with you! Let’s go!
    I’ve always been someone who’s strived to be different. When I was in college I wore a turban around my head (no, I’m not the Taliban!). My brother asked me, “Why do you want to be different?” and my answer was, “Because that’s just who I am.” I don’t really do it on purpose…

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