Following The Follower

…that line popped out at me on a recent listen of  ‘Lead The Field’ by Earl Nightingale.

What did he mean?

Simply, that a lot of people nowadays aren’t following the leader, but are following the follower.

And when you’re following someone that’s not giving any thought into what they’re doing, it can lead to big problems.

I’ve been the victim of this in my own life.

Many years back, a neighbor of ours decided that he was selling up, and moving north across the border into Northern Ireland.

Hearing the profit we could make on our home, Catherine and I tied our wagon to that brain fart, and before we knew it, we were living up North.

We paid for that lack of thinking…

– We moved into a village that we were never going to be accepted in. – One of those places you see in movies where when you walk into the bar even the jukebox stops playing.

– British helicopters were constantly overhead and took great relish in zooming over our homes, just to wind everyone up. – On the odd occasion, it looked like a scene from a Vietnam film, with helicopters dropping troops around our homes, and flying off.

– I’d barely learned to drive at this time, and I’d be leaving a heavily pregnant Catherine alone all day with no means of transport, and about 15 miles outta town.

Genius!

Now, you’re probably thinking, what were we thinking?

We weren’t.

And so it is when you’re following someone that’s not giving any thought into what they’re doing. – If they walk off the cliff, you’re not too far behind taking a fall too.

So, whatever you’re doing, stop for a second and ask yourself, ‘Am I following a follower?’

If you’re not doing any thinking and just following the crowd, you better make sure that the guy at the front is.

One way you can do that is study what they’re posting online. You can do that easily by spying on them with one of the tools in the ‘Social Media Tool Kit.’

You can find that tool and more here.

PS – End of the story, both families moved out of Dodge a few years later, wondering what the hell we were thinking?