Have you ever pondered how you should live your life? That is, should you live fast (lead) or should you die slow (follow)? From my perspective, it is better to live fast. In order to live fast, you must be a visionary freeing yourself from the oppression of others. Lives for visionaries move differently than those who choose to follow the visions of others. For visionaries, life tends to be an adventure each day, uncovering new ways to change the world. Although there are risks with trying to change the world, most visionaries stay faithful to their vision. Whether their visions end up working or not, the fact that someone can stay faithful to a belief or vision they have is a remarkable feature. For the people who choose to die slow through following others, it is time someone tells you the real risks you may experience and the joy you may lose.
Not all visionaries and leaders are good people. Some can have terrible visions that don’t make the world a better place. In fact, they make it much worse. If a person has a vision to cause harm to the world, you would think it would be easy to recognize, right? Unfortunately, not always. History has shown that to be true. Following people may put you at risk for contributing unknowingly to evil. I say unknowingly because, although it might not be your fault, you are giving up your personal freedom when you choose to follow someone else. Following another’s vision keeps you from the root source of the truth within the vision. If the vision isn’t yours, make sure you know the truth before following whole-heartedly. If you don’t, you are taking a big risk.
If you choose to die slow as a follower, make sure it is with a leader whom you know for a fact is admirable. Too many leaders today forget the key qualities it takes to lead. If you end up being a follower of a corporation or another’s vision, make sure it is a vision you are willing to dedicate your life to. Make sure your leader is a person who holds his/her peers to an equal level of respect. He or she must be able to take full responsibility for the people who are following them. (Yes, this means they need to be able to sacrifice for the greater good of their following). If your leader shares these qualities then you are very lucky and I pray that you keep up the good work. If not, time to reconsider what you want your life story to be about. Please don’t make it just about making money.
I encourage everyone to be a visionary, but the truth is that not everyone will be. That is what makes the world work. In order for someone to be a successful visionary, they must have a strong following. In order to have a strong following, the visionary must have all the qualities it takes to lead. Above all, the followers must believe in the vision to support it and give it meaningful power. A vision with no following is entirely fiction. A following with no vision is chaos. Chaos hasn’t, and will never reign as long as there are good-hearted leaders on this planet.