The man who follows the crowd will get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before.
Creativity in living is not without its attendant difficulties, for peculiarity breeds contempt. And the unfortunate thing about being ahead of your time is when people finally realize you were right, they'll say it was obvious all along.
You have two choices in life: You can dissolve into the mainstream, or you can be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must strive to be what no one else but you can be.
- Alan Ashley-Pitt, quoted in Danny Cox & John Hoover, Seize the Day: 7 Steps to Achieving the Extraordinary in an Ordinary World (Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press, 2002), p. 95.