Got Validation?

Some of the greatest inventions ever created were sparked by people who thought and stepped outside of the box.

I remember when they first invented the car phone and how everyone said it was crazy. They were thinking, “this technology has gone to far…” but not only have car phones made their mark on society, they’ve become a thing of the past. Now we have cell phones that we carry around with endless applications to consume every second of our time.

Cell-phone companies have made a fortune because they’ve developed a product to an extent that people can’t seem to live without.

We should never go by what people say in the beginning. When something new, that people haven’t seen before, comes on the scene it’s automatically foreign to them. It’s almost as if they have just saw an alien.

Optimistic | OptimistImagine if you held a cell-phone in your hand 20 or 30 years ago, you wouldn’t know what to think of such a small, compact thing. What about the fact that you can play clear music on such a small gadget known as an ipod. In the 1970′s the population wouldn’t know what to do with such technology, especially considering that record players and 8-track players were the primary source of music at the time. It’s not until it becomes a regular everyday thing that people start to become more accepting of it.

I guess it’s a product of the bandwagon effect. If everyone else validates it that’s when it becomes important. If no one validated the product it wouldn’t be so important, ehh? Well, that validation has to start when we first get the idea. We have to see the importance of the idea first before the majority does.

Taking a look at the other end of the spectrum

Something interesting happens with our psyche when the human majority comes into play. It’s very possible for us to like the idea of something when it comes to our personal vote but when we see that most others despise the even thought of it, then that has a great influence on how we view the idea that we once liked.

I may be wrong here, but think on this: Have you ever wanted to get a car that you liked and the reason for you wanted to get it is because it seems to be what everyone else is driving? Not everyone thinks like that but a major portion of the population does.

Getting to the meat of it

Now that we’ve seen both ends of the spectrum, we now know where the discouragement comes when wanting to be bold enough to step out of the box. And we also know that the bandwagon effect has the ability to turn the heads of the majority of the population.

Zechariah 4:10 urges us not to despise the day of small beginnings. I encourage you my friend, to press on regardless of the way it appears in the beginning. You may not have the vote of everyone but remember, you validate who you are. You validate your actions and decisions. You validate what you do.

When others see your strong validation for yourself and your actions, they will start to jump on your wagon. In other words you’re in control of where the majority is going. It no longer becomes the bandwagon effect it becomes your wagon.

The more you progress yourself forward into your destiny, and the more accomplished you become, the more you will become an inspiration for others. Show your faith strong and continue on with hope and encouragement as you charge forth in your life journey.

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Author: Jarrod Clark (786 Articles)

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Jarrod Clark, author and founder of OptimisticJourney.com and my goal for this blog is to provide inspirational messages for maintaining an optimistic outlook on life. To find out more about me, check out the About Jarrod tab at the top of the page and if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact me! Thanks!

4 Comments

  • At 2010.03.23 04:04, Farouk said:

    That’s a real inspiring post Jarrod, you do know how to pick your words correctly, i agree with you, it starts with imagination and believing in oneself then anything that appears to be impossible becomes possible
    thanks for sharing :)

    • At 2010.03.23 07:14, Jarrod Clark said:

      @Farouk Thanks, exactly! I always say in order for someone else to see who we are and what we can do, we have to see it first.

      • At 2010.03.23 12:04, Jeremy Johnson said:

        Very interesting Jarrod – it’s all about taking the action to really see what we can do and add to the world. It can be very easy at times – especially if we are comfortable in our career and life to become stagnant.

        But I’m of the opinion – and can see you are too – that human potential is so great, that at any given moment we have really only scratched the surface of what each person is ultimately capable of.

        Nice work here.

        • At 2010.03.23 20:31, Jarrod Clark said:

          @Jeremy Thank you! There’s a saying that says something to the effect of, “We only use 10%” of our mind. I think the same thing goes for maximizing our potential. We are capable of more than we think we are.

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