When you first see the word outlier, what do you think of? The kid that sits by themselves at lunch? The mathematical number that biases data? Yourself? I though of all three. The more I thought about it, the more negative the word seemed to become. Then the name Martin Luther King Jr. popped into mind. He was certainly an outlier, a man who faced the world to change it for the better. Who else fits into this category? How about Rosa Parks, Albert Einstein, Alexander Hamilton, Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, Elvis Presley. The list goes on and on and on.
So what does this tell us about outliers? They built America to make it what it is today. Outliers change minds, history, and the world. Outliers are not lonely kids at lunch; they’re world changers and mind blower. Each and every person who changed the world had to fight it first, facing challenges and hardships along the way. Many outliers went to prison or were killed for their beliefs, but what came from their hardships impacted generations to come for the better. Without change, there’s no progress, no improvement, no invention of chocolate. Can you imagine?
One of the world’s most influential outliers happens to be a friend of mine. His name is Jesus Christ. 😉 God actually calls us to be outliers. Deuteronomy 14:2 says “You have been set apart as holy to the LORD your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.” Stand out from the world! Our God calls to do so, and why live in the world if you aren’t going to impact it?
My advice: Be an outlier!