Avoiding the Crowd Mentality Trap


“Seizing new ground, making connections between people or ideas, working without a map – these are works of art, and if you do them, you are an artist, regardless of whether you wear a smock, use a computer, or work with other all day long.”

-Seth Godin

One of the reasons that I really like The Icarus Deception is that it challenges you to think about art in a different way. It encourages you to think about how you approach everything you do each day as a form of art. It also points out that not everyone who paints is actually an artists. Many are just copying from someone else with no inspiration or creativity.

It can be pretty easy for all of us to go through life in the same way. I’ve fallen into that trap quite a few times myself. When I showed up at college with decent math skills, I started taking engineering classes because that’s what people who were good at math did. As it turns out, engineering wasn’t for me, but everyone looked at me like I was crazy when I quit. That’s not what people do.

This is the same type of trap that many traders fall into. It’s easier to pay to be on the mailing list of someone who claims to have all the answers than it is to actually go find those answers on your own. That way you have someone to blame when you have to explain to your wife and kids where all the money went.

That’s not how an artists would approach trading. An artist wouldn’t be interested in simply copying what someone else is doing. An artist would want to push the boundaries and explore new ideas. An artist would want to create their own success or failure. An artist has the potential to be great.

Taking the route of the artist will require you to have some balls. Going along with the crowd is much easier. Of course, going with the crowd will just earn you the same fate as the rest of the crowd. When you operate as an artist, your fate can be whatever you make it.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Nicholson