This quote comes from author and magician Eliphas Levi, and points to both a fortunate and unfortunate reality: you don’t really get anywhere by doing what you’re expected to do.
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If you want to be noticed, you have to stand out. The problem is that the easiest way to stand out is to create some kind of chaos. They generally offers up negative results, and so it is looked down upon. But we’re capable of creating a little disorder in our daily lives that draw attention in a positive way. Small changes can have a profound effect just by virtue of being different. You may be a good, talented, and hard worker, but if you don’t take a few chances here and there you may avoid creating the positive disorder that gets you noticed.
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