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“Follow your calling, not the crowd.” – Anonymous


Have you ever felt the pressure to fit in? Have you ever compromised a position, a path, a value or a choice to be accepted?

Welcome to the club. You and I, we, are social beings. Which means that at one time or another we have all struggled with the desire to fit in, to be liked, to be part of the crew or crowd. It’s normal. It means you are human.

When I am feeling this way, I ask myself, what will it cost to compromise who I am or what I want to pursue?

In other words, what am I sacrificing in the name of “fitting in”. Will it cost my goals, my integrity, my dreams, my authentic self?

My advice, when YOU are feeling this way: “Follow your calling, not the crowd!”

Pave your own way. Follow your heart and instincts. Believe in your potential and chase your dreams. It may be risky and you’ll make mistakes but it WILL be worth it.

At the end you are being true to your authentic self and everything that makes you… YOU.




Eddie Cortes has dedicated his life to inspiring students to rise above their circumstances to fulfill their potential. His ability to engage an audience full of teenagers is uncanny, his story inspiring, and one your students would not want to miss.

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