The Unconventional Mindset -Breaking the Chains of Conformity

Vikneysh Raj G G A
2 min readSep 14, 2023

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Image credits: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/23/books/review/the-road-not-taken-by-david-orr.html

Conventions, traditions, and accepted norms have served as the basis upon which human civilization has been formed. However, there is a certain fascination in departing from the routine and exploring the uncharted territory. By the word “unorthodox”, I mean having the guts to question the existing quo, thinking creatively, and blazing new trails.

Being unconventional starts with a way of thinking that calls into question the unquestioned. It entails embracing one’s authenticity, rejecting conformity, and being open to exploring uncharted territories. Being unconventional is having the guts to stick out in the crowd despite peer pressure to blend in.

One of the most crucial aspects of being so is letting go of the restrictions of convention. For conformity frequently leads to stagnation, which impedes creativity and personal growth. An attitude that questions the unquestioned does foster creativity and allows for the emergence of unique ideas and perspectives. When we break away from conventional thinking patterns, more likely are we to explore new horizons and connect disparate concepts.

In a setting where unusual ideas are valued and appreciated, creativity can blossom. Nonetheless, negligent it would be, to ignore the hardships that come with being out of the ordinary. But it’s precisely in overcoming such challenges that such people show their tenacity and resolve. They demonstrate that one can achieve prosperity and personal fulfillment by being true to oneself and taking the road not taken.

In a world where conventions and norms have their place, be unconventional; break the chains of conformity and foster creativity.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.

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