When you think about it, probably 80% of the information coming out of people's mouth's is regurgitated without even analyzing it for validity. That said, only 10% of the people talking and dispensing advice actually are doing so consciously aware of what they are saying. Consequences and repercussions, especially enlightened ones, of how that information can be used, and abused are often barely or completely misunderstood. The crowd mentality is being a regurgitator Don't be that person.
Don't Limit Yourself To The Crowd Mentality- Become More Resourceful And Always Validate Information
Listening to the wrong people can cause you problems ranging from losing money to destroying the very fabric of your reality/existence... Always Verify New Information
The crowd mentality is described best like this:
The crowd mentality anchors you to the crowd for information and thus you're following advice from people you respect or even people you don't and you're looking to strangers for validation before you speak. This is a dangerous way to live and limiting as well.
In writing you don't want to take all the rules at face value. You need to analyze everything and realize there is no problem, no rule, nothing, that can't be learned away and a solution put in place.
Information is potential power but you must have it to use it. You must take action on information or it's just a dead shell; and advertisement.
If someone tells you there is a limitation and you really stop and think about it, you may figure out how to surpass that limitation and with that comes a new skill set in your belt.
Here's a real life example:
One screwed up looking document. No paragraph breaks, missing spaces after a sentences period, even missing periods throughout the document, and a full blocky looking article that nobody is going to attempt to read like that (no paragraph breaks, just one long block of continuous words).
Copy the document into a plain text file editor to strip off all that html tagging. Copy it from the plain text editor and paste it into the content box. (Thank You Wizzley For Doing This For US!).
Sometimes even that doesn't fix it, the paragraphs get shuffled far far apart and it looks ridiculous- but still doable (even on Wizzley because removing formatting sometimes renders holes in the code thus the extra spaces).
Now most of the people I work with agree that avoiding using word is the best policy. They even put policies in place that say please do not use word or any editor that adds tags or is capable of html (because it will still add tags) when moving content from the site to another program and back.
This "fear" of a problem makes most people stop right there and avoid the problem (if they mess up the consequences "feel" horrible) - but to me this limits me because that's a resource I love but now can't use? Not acceptable. I don't go out like that- I always find a way and if there is no way only then will I succumb to "throwing in the towel". I'm like Rocky in that respect and I attribute a lot of my success to doing just that- vs. following the crowd even when they're wrong, just being lazy, or don't want you to figure it out because it would make them feel inferior.
When looking over this situation i wanted to maintain my resources and find a way to quickly fix it so I started experimenting.
I moved all the copy directly into an html editor called SoThink which strips tags and intelligently maintains the formatting is taken away or broken down to the basic HTML (no java etc...).
My solution fixed two things, it allowed me to maintain my use of MS word and it's formatting, and to strip off the tags INTELLIGENTLY so my formatting stuck (otherwise I'd have to go back and in the other website have to fix all the nuances of my articles formatting). SoThink did the trick (any editor would). Works every time now!
So now I've resolved the problem and found a cure. Over time I started to use this several dozen times a day and now I breathe the format so using word is not only not cumbersome but neither is changing my article in it so it works in the writing mill sites I used. I also have a deeper understanding of "why" it happened and that empowers me to find permanent solutions- not a work around or so called fix. When everyone else is just avoiding using MS Word, including my boss, they don't realize how much of a resource they are giving up.
My point here is that even if everyone else, especially experts, is/are SURE that there is no way around it, or that it would be cumbersome to have to reformat your document then rebuild your formatting stripped off; this doesn't mean that there isn't a way to get around this. With practice anything can become second nature and thus doesn't affect your timing virtually at all!
You develop a skill set spawn called "attention to detail" when you push yourself like this. Following the crowd will often mean learning to be lazy- not always, but most of the time. In our forum on Wizzley- this doesn't apply, but on HP it does- for example.
You become more attuned to your environment, resources, potential resources, and you start to want to learn "how things work" so you can apply those principals to ideas for tweaking something else.
You should go out and learn every day about how things work. I'm talking about soap, shampoo, everything you use or potentially will or ever have used. Figure out how it works, how it's made, how it's physics work.
These are transferable skill-sets (and a lot of raw "data" you can use to resolve problems!) you will use to attune your mind to a solution to anything. The more you learn about molecular science and how things work the more cleaver your mind becomes. Cleverness is the most amazing skill set of them all and it's fueled mainly by INFORMATION!
Back To The MS Word Example...
Always Hone Your Craft To A Skill Set
Remember, Attention To Detail Is A POWER Source. Become The MacGyver of your life and never feel powerless again!
When you get good at any part of your business, start working on perfecting every other part. Every part you perfect will become a resource and expedience is built right in. Even the parts you perfect, keep trying to raise efficiency and lower overhead by doing things better.
There is a point where you should stop trying to reinvent the wheel and you'll know when that is- but it's important that you constantly move up. Tiny increments are necessary to perfect every step of any craft, any vocation, and any skill set.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you eat a computer elephant? One BYTE at a time.
Always be on the look out for a better way until your time and money coming in are in harmony (meaning money is more than time expenditure at your personal "value" that makes you feel well compensated.
Good Luck! Be A Leader Not A Follower!