The Herd is safe.
Once we’re in it, we can be anonymous.
We can be homogeneous and nondescript.
There’s minimal pressure to perform or take risks.
The safety is in the numbers.
Leadership isn’t necessary.
Once we’re in the Herd, we don’t need to worry about – well – ANYTHING!
We’ll just go where the herd goes and do as the herd does.
Our security comes from being within – Inward from the periphery where things are more DANGEROUS and SCARY.
If you’re on the fringe, you might actually have to exercise a measure of independent thought.
Worse yet . . . what about those who LEAVE the herd?
How will they survive “out there?”
These thoughts tumble through my mind every day as I drive South on Hillsboro Road towards Green Hills from downtown Nashville. Beginning at Blair, the Herd clogs the left travel lane because they want to turn left on I-440 East to head to Brentwood, Franklin, or East . . . So I drive in the right travel lane @ 3/4 of a mile unobstructed. Just past the turn on 440, the herd shifts and clogs the RIGHT travel lane (Why? I don’t know, but they do this every day) . . . I swing into the left travel lane @ 3/4 of a mile unobstructed.
My travel time from Blair to my house on the other side of Green Hills is something in the neighborhood of 6 minutes . . . a member of the Herd is lucky to travel the same distance in 25 minutes.
Why do “they” do this every day?
It’s comfort and FEAR!
Of the 200 or so cars I pass during my 6 minute dance, my suspicion is that 80% of them stay in that clogged lane out of fear of not being able to merge into the proper lane at the right time . . . They don’t want to risk it and sitting an extra 20 minutes breathing the fumes from the cars in front of them is a small price to pay for the guarantee that they won’t miss their turn.
all the while, Intrepid explorers such as myself are BOLD and ADVENTURESOME and sometimes even pass most of the cars and slip back into the herd within yards of the turn without even bending any laws.
I know this is dastardly thinking . . . but it holds water.
so . . . How often do you resign yourself to the herd because it’s just easier?
What would you do with the extra 19 minutes?
Oh! In what other aspects of your life are you “sheepish?”
For sure, we are in a real estate market that doesn’t reward the herd.
When you’re REALLY ready to make a move, ready enough to step away from the herd, connect with us at Pareto Realty, and we’ll strike out into the great unknown with ya.
Odds are good, you’re gonna like the process and the results – Sheer exhilaration.