Herd Mentality

No matter what you do or where you are you can view the mob mentality in action.

I actually wrote this blog post on my Blackberry while waiting for a movie to start but I had some problems with the Internet access so I couldn't post it until now.

Because of the rainy Sunday afternoon, my wife and I decided to head out to a movie.

And with the big release of "The Dark Night" this weekend it was the obvious choice.

For the first time in a while I was willing to line up to spend hours with my eyes glued to a screen......but hey, we all need a break sometimes (although since I am writing this right you could say I am still working)......I know my wife would 😉

Once they opened the doors there was a small stampede in front of us to get into the theatre, all through the one door that was open. It was a typical 'monkey see monkey do' scenario

Since I often notice this type of behaviour, I always look for another option, and of course, right beside the stampede, there was another door only it was closed.

It was very easy for me to think for myself and open that door. We quickly bypassed the crowd into the perfect seats that everyone was pushing for.

Now I am not telling you this thinking I outsmarted people......opening a door at the movies is far from something that elevates you to another level.

But it is yet another example of how you finish ahead by not following the herd and acting on your own accord

Why couldn't all the people that were trying to jam themselves through a single door see such an obvious solution? Because they had their heads in the butts of the rest of the herd in front of them.

People often think that it takes timing and luck to see opportunity. But it doesn't, you just need to start looking for it.

And by training yourself to look for solutions no matter what size the situation is you can only finish further ahead.

Who knows the opportunity that might be behind the next door I open? I am happy that the herd will continue to pass it by!

- Nick Karadza

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