Choose your minorities

Most of the time you are going to be in the majority. That’s just maths. The majority of us aren’t into 19th century European impressionists, don’t speak Swahili, have never visited – or even heard of - Ouagadougou (the capital of Burkina Faso in West Africa), don’t know how to fly a plane and have never visited the moon. So most of the time you are in the majority. But every now and then you are going to be in the minority. Sometimes you can’t choose which minority you are in (I’m 39, born in Australia, barrack for Essendon in the AFL … these are things I have no choice in).

But often you do get to choose. Here are some minorities you might choose to be in:

  • Watch less than an hour of TV a day
  • Exercise every day
  • Read a book a week
  • Take 3 months holiday a year
  • Achieve financial independence before you are 50
  • Spend (significantly) less than you earn
  • Work for yourself
  • Be a Thought Leader in your domain
  • Don’t be overweight (yep – this is now a minority, in Australia anyway)
  • Eat mostly nutritional food
  • Speak a second language
  • Have a black belt in a martial art
  • Achieve mastery (in anything)
  • Write a book
  • Play a musical instrument

The thing is, each time you choose to be in a minority, it’s not normal, and it’s not easy. Normal is the majority, the social norm, the status quo … and mostly that’s easier.

So consciously choose the minorities you are going to a be a part of, recognise that in each of those areas you not normal, and it’s going to take something.

Love to hear your thoughts – what minorities do you choose to be part of? You can leave your thoughts below.