There are three kinds of people in this world: leaders, followers, and artists. Sure, everybody leads sometimes, everybody follows sometimes, and everybody is artistic sometimes, but, in your heart of hearts, you’re one of the three. Which is it?
Leaders are kings, presidents, governors, CEOs, managers, officers, commanders, captains, gurus.
A leader influences a group of people to implement his vision.
Do you have the ownership, assertiveness, proactivity, and communication skills of a leader?
Followers are workers and employees.
A follower applies his specialized skill to accomplish part of a greater mission.
Do you have the vigor, sociability, integrity, and implementation skills of a follower?
Artists are musicians, painters, writers, athletes, craftsmen, performers, comedians, designers,…
An artist masters his bodymind to reveal his soul through creation or performance.
Do you have the creativity, autonomy, perseverance, and self-expression skills of an artist?
First of all, there’s no shame in being a follower. I get it: You want to be an alpha rebel who doesn’t have to listen to anybody. You want to be absolutely free, not being told what to do by some surrogate daddy. And the fear of mediocrity consumes you. Be aware, however, that an aversion to follow someone else’s lead doesn’t make you a leader; primarily, it makes you unhappy. You feel miserable because you don’t know who you are, because you don’t actively become who you are, or because you don’t accept who you are. A fulfilling life doesn’t come from having a certain social status; it comes from following your purpose, from actualizing your True Will. Whether as a leader, follower, or artist—doesn’t matter, as long as you know your potential and live up to it.
Ask yourself this: Would you rather balance work with life, or make work your life?
- Followers have a life beyond their work.
- Leaders may have a little life beyond their work.
- Artists have no life beyond their work.
In today’s world, where everybody wants to be an entrepreneur, it actually takes a badass to passionately commit to a 9-5 job. In a culture where two innocent numbers have become the epitome of misery and mediocrity, it takes someone who doesn’t give a fuck about what society thinks to use his unique skills to do a good, honest job—and be great at it!
Secondly, a lot of wanna-be leaders don’t actually want to be leaders. They’ve just read that women like leaders and are suckers for rich, high-status men. What they really want is to get laid. Again, recognize your True Will; then do whatever it takes to actualize it. You don’t have to build a company or run for presidency just to get your dick wet or find a hot, loyal girlfriend. (Talking about wanna-be leaders, bodybuilders aren’t “alpha as fuck.” They might be masculine, but they aren’t leaders, for they don’t lead anyone. A bodybuilder is an artist; his body is his creation. Or—he’s, again, simply a man craving for sex.)
Finally, as a born artist, you’re probably a loner. You don’t fit into standard societal structures. You want to do your own thing and work on your own. Your work is your life and soul. You neither lead nor follow, nor care to do either. You’re an introvert who takes pride in being an outsider. This doesn’t mean that you shy away from social contact, but you sure as hell stay away from other people as much as you can (at least as long as you’re trapped in a non-tribal society). Extroverts can’t understand this; for them, shyness is an obstacle to being outgoing—once they’re confident enough, they seek social contact. A legit introvert stays a loner, no matter how confident he becomes. This doesn’t mean that introverts can’t be good leaders or good followers, but it’s less likely. Most artists, on the other hand, are unlikely to have a distinct extroverted personality. Again, knowing yourself will make your life less complicated.
Take an honest look at yourself: at your notion of work, at your goals in life, and at your personality. Now decide: Are you a leader, a follower, or an artist?