It’s interesting how I hear the same words from many mouths. Over and over. Someone will have an idea, and then others will echo that idea. In the process, I have this feeling that people are outsourcing their thinking.
Outsourcing your thinking?
My son told me that most of the people he followed on Tumblr didn’t like the Minions movie. (This was an hour before we were to sit in a theater somewhere and watch it.) I asked him if he was going to let those people judge the movie or if he would judge it for himself. On the way out of the theater, he said, “I think Tumblr was wrong. I liked the movie.”
We’ve had this conversation a few times, he and I, because there have been other circumstances where the “world” has told him to think one way, and when I pushed back, he found his own thoughts about it. Now, he does it for himself. My son, for instance, thinks that Paul Blart 2 (another movie) doesn’t deserve it’s 6% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
But We Do This
We read about a trend, or we hear that someone is having great success (or failure) with X, and we decide based on that. We’ve given up our sense that we should maybe see if WE like something, or if we want it to be succesful or not.
Read my last handful of posts, such as Thoughts thought after Periscope and you’ll see me unpacking what I feel about a new and thriving social media platform. I still maintain that it’s a messy way to try and build your business. But none the less, I’m exploring it, because I refuse to let other people’s raves about it influence my perspective.
Get Your Thinking Back
Take back your thinking. Decide for yourself. There’s no massive amount of effort here. It’s a choice. Decide that you’ll think for yourself on these matters and you’ll be a lot happier, I suspect.
I know we’re all busy, but this isn’t what should be thrown out.