January 2, 2015

2 Examples of Successful Non-Conformists


Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, was an American cartoonist and author. He is a prime example of how unconventional creative minds can flourish. Seuss is one of the most prolific children’s authors of all time; yet his groundbreaking work wasn’t respected--at first. He was told that his work would never sell because it looked too cartoonish; readers wouldn’t be interested. Seuss became the author and illustrator of 46 works; I’d say that he proved his detractors wrong.


Seuss learned a lesson common to many: it’s challenging to remain authentic to your own truth in a world that promotes, and values, conformity to society’s ideals.

Lindsey Stirling is a more recent example of a successful individual who refused to be put in a box. She has been classically trained in dance and violin; yet, her style defies traditional boundaries.


The following is a direct quote from my book: Accept No Trash Talk:



Lindsey Stirling--is a world-renown violinist and dancer who made her fame on YouTube. She is a recent example of a person who refused to accept the labels that some individuals wanted to pin on her. Her videos average over 1,000,000 views. She guests on TV talk shows and travels the world performing.



Lindsey did have to struggle to win acceptance. She composes her own music, and her music cannot be categorized as traditional classical music. Also, she is one of the first people to blend original compositions with various genres of dance. She thinks outside the box. This ability to expand the horizons of performance may not be appreciated by everyone.



Lindsey made it to the quarter finals during one season of the reality show, America’s Got Talent. However, at least two of the judges made unkind remarks about her playing. They felt she should play more traditional music backed by a traditional musical ensemble.



Lindsey refused to accept their labels. She pulled them off and threw them away.



I’m convinced that the quote below mirrors Lindsey Stirling’s thoughts perfectly:



My conclusion


When we are true to our own vision, the right people will love us for the right reasons. As long as we’re treating others right, the rest of the opinions out there don’t matter.


We can follow in the footsteps of visionaries like Dr. Seuss and Lindsey Stirling by tuning out the naysayers. We can stay on the path that is leading us to fulfillment despite the odds.


How have you remained true to your vision?