Life is filled with tons of complex ideas.
But in order to make sense of these, we have to use approximations.
Metaphors, models, etc.
If you have the correct model for any system, it’s pretty easy to predict what’s going to happen.
But if you have the WRONG model, nothing makes sense.
Whenever we are trying to figure out what any group of people are going to do, we need to know their intentions.
This can be difficult, especially when most of the time WE ourselves don’t really know WHY we do certain things.
In fact, the “go-to” response for ANY kid when he gets into trouble is to say, “I don’t know,” when asked WHY he did that.
Even grownups use this handy excuse!
But here’s a useful model to use whenever thinking in terms of groups.
All groups of humans (and even all mammals) organize in a hierarchy.
This happens automatically.
Which means something that is ALWAYS on EVERYBODY’S mind is wondering WHO is in charge.
The truth is that most people are just not that comfortable thinking on their own.
Few people will EVER take responsibility when something goes wrong.
Which is why MOST PEOPLE you will meet in your life will be content to follow others.
It’s safe, it’s easy, it’s comfortable.
That’s good enough for most folks.
It’s also pretty boring, and VERY average.
If you want to BE above average, you’ve got to ACT above average.
Instead of being content to follow, you’ve got to LEAD.
Even if you ONLY want to LEAD your own life, this requires NOT sitting around and waiting for somebody to tell you what to do.
This requires you figure out what’s what, and start making moves.
Own all the results, good and bad, and keep learning and moving.
Funny thing is, once you start to LEAD your own life, people will naturally start to follow you.
Once that happens, you’ll have a lot more options.
All it takes you develop the inner “energy” of a natural leader.
Whether you’re building an empire, or a weekend hobby club, it’s a lot easier with “leader energy” and loyal followers.