“Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow.Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.”— Jim Rohn, personal development guru
I think it is easy to “join an easy crowd” for it feels like you are heading in a direction that will eventually get you close to what you want. It feels safer for the probability of rejection is low, a direct correlation to the amount of risk involved. As in stock markets, if you aren’t putting much of yourself out there, you aren’t risking much nor will the return be as great.
Note that I said the easy way will “get you close.” The reason is because it doesn’t offer you quite the same opportunity for growth. It is during demanding times, failure that we are put on the fast track to self development. Testing ourselves, challenging ourselves is how we grow, learn, adapt and forge ahead.
You have the power to change the situation, to choose a different path. Go against the grain. Choose the more difficult path. You’ll be a better person for it.