The world we live in now urges society to bring us this invisible pressure that we need to be someone else. Seeing celebrities live their lifestyle or big brand names influencing our thoughts of who we need to become has made many of us displeased with ourselves and feel the need to "fit in" with the crowd.
Being comfortable with yourself, being unique and different is actually an even better feeling than working so hard to be someone you aren't.
If you're a like-able person, then those people who appreciate you for who you are is more valuable than being around a group of phonies and pretending to be someone else.
Let go! Be free!
Every person is different and special in their own way. We all come from different cultural and family backgrounds. The way we think, talk, learn, pray, live, believe, act is all different than others. We would be like robots if everyone were the same. How boring is that?!
The best part about friendship is that everyone thinks and acts differently. We all have something special to contribute. Do what makes your soul happy. You’re in control of your life. Live it to the fullest! Why should you waste your time trying to keep up with new trends when you’d rather make your own?
The same mentality can be applied in business as well. Look at what MIKOL produces: Notebook journal, iPhone cases, bow ties, men's tie clip, cufflinks and business cards.
These items have been around for decades! In the luxury market, items such as the notebook and iPhone case would be produced in leather. Bow ties would be made in some high quality fabric; tie bar and cufflinks in either stainless steel, silver or gold. And business cards would be your generic paper cards.
But where is the fun in that?! Plus, we love how beautiful and elegant natural marble stone feels and looks. That's essentially how MIKOL was born! With the lack of care concerning the current trend, MIKOL focused on what we wanted to do with what we love and what we thought was beautiful.
If you’re under the impression that someone doesn’t like you for you, that’s perfectly okay. It’s not your fault they can’t see all the wonderful things about you! You should never feel like you have to change who you are in order to fit into a crowd. Know that you will always be unhappy with yourself if you constantly compare yourself to others, and try to please everyone you meet. Why do we constantly waste our time and energy on trying to be someone we aren’t, just to please people? Because you aren't that person, you will be never be satisfied with who you are.
At MIKOL, we face the same issues as an individual does. We get criticisms from commoners about our products being different. We hear how MIKOL products are impractical since it's made from natural marble, and therefore it must be fragile and heavy. Or how we are too expensive compared to normal business cards, iPhone cases, notebooks etc.
But these type of people that also tend to miss the beauty and refined artistic characters one has. They've missed out on how the marble has been specially processed to a thinness of a credit card, yet reinforced for strength.
People think marble, and assume it's heavy. It's almost the same as assuming marble and granite buildings are built from large blocks, because that's the method used by the Egyptians to build pyramids.
We also get criticisms for our products being expensive. Comparatively in the journal and business card market, yes we are definitely a luxury item. But it's the same concept of comparing a Honda Civic to a Rolls Royce. Like a Rolls Royce, we are only focusing on our unique group that appreciates the quality of handcrafted items and natural marble. The group that wants to turn heads and capture attention, rather than blend in the crowd. At the same time, that's why we love what we do - by being ourselves and being different, we are able to attract others that share the same mindset and philosophy.
Through our products and services, we are building a group, a community of people that want to stand out from the crowd, rather than blend in with the crowd.
Each and every one of us is born with unique traits and characteristics that help us shine. Learning to love ourselves for who/what we are is a big challenge, and when people persistently avoid us for being ourselves, it makes it that much harder to embrace our uniqueness. Think about all the weirdos in history that made it great! Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Einstein, Ghandi, Abraham Lincon, Nelson Mandela all went against the norm and achieved greatness. The ones that blended in the crowd may have achieved success in their own ways, but how many can you remember? I implore you to continue being the best version of yourself you can possibly be. Who knows, you might inspire somebody else to embrace themselves! After all, having one or two good friends that adore you for who you are is much better than having ten or eleven friends who like who you pretend to be.
Have fun! Enjoy life! It's too short to live for someone else. Embrace who you are and attract the people that will appreciate you for who you are, vice versa.
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