Dare to be a Rebel – Daring to be Yourself

"What seems different in yourself; that's the rare thing you possess. The one thing that gives each of us his worth, and that's just what we try to suppress." - Andre Gide (1869-1951)

I believe there is a "rebel" quality within each of us that is shut down by voices from the past telling us to keep quiet, don't make so much noise, children should be seen and not heard, don't rock the boat, your idea sucks, you'll never make it, and on and on about how to live and be happy based on our learning experiences.

Believe it if you must, but what would life be like to be curious about your "rebel" nature?" My hunch is that many famous people who failed or were rejected a number of times were in touch with their "rebel" trait. It is the instinct that doesn't accept the judgments of authority figures/institutions. For example:

  • Albert Einstein failed the entrance exams to the Swiss Polytechnic Institute.
  • Alex Haley received rejection letters on short stories he submitted to magazines for eight years.
  • Meredith Vieira, NBC Co-host of Today Show, was fired from a television station in Providence, Rhode Island.
  • J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book was submitted to twelve publishing houses and rejected.
  • Muhammad Ali graduated 376th from a high school class of 391 students. Isn't he the greatest example of being a rebel and making a difference!
  • Ted Turner, Eddie Murphy, and Candice Bergen were all expelled from school!

    When you look at a sample of these famous people, you get a sense of their commitment, passion, and persistence to be a rebel in spite of rejection. They weren't satisfied to let their dreams die and play small. Another glaring feature in their success was a burning desire - they were willing to play big. What about you? "A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself." - Abraham Maslow

    Questions hold the answers:

    • Where are you playing small?
    • What are the voices keeping your rebel nature in silence?
    • What would your rebel instinct have you do in 2008?
    • What are you waiting for?


    • Motivate your inner rebel by reading about rebels in academics, politics, business, homemakers, celebrities, etc. who you admire.
    • When you keep yourself so busy that you don't have time to listen to your rebel nature, you cheat yourself from learning more of what's available to empower your success. Schedule "time out" for being with your "rebel self" and take notes.
    • Do not cancel out thoughts of what's possible from your "rebel self." This is an exploratory expedition. Have fun. Keep digging in the right hemisphere of your brain for rebellious career/business possibilities. You will be surprised at what you discover.
    • Remember there is no one to judge you as you jot down rebel ideas in becoming more of what is there, in loving what you are doing and being successful. Let go of the past negative self incriminations. They are the ghosts of the past and you don't live there any more!
    "I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else...a quarrel between past and present; we shall find that we have lost the future." - Winston Churchill


    Theresa-Maria (“TM”) Napa – of Right Track Coaching - is dedicated to helping professionals and executives increase their winning percentage while taking fewer steps and producing better results. Her career has included positions as executive assistant, vice president of operations, director of marketing & administration, and business owner with substantial experience in leadership, marketing, client development, and execut...

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