Your mind can do more than your body. Why give so much attention to what you can do with your body and so little to what you can do with your mind? This is very counter-intuitive in our culture, but this is how advancements in society and advancements in personal growth are made.
If you want to be different, you have to think different. If you want to be more than a cog in a wheel you need to be different. The world needs originals. Originals who produce value. Originals who bring out our better nature. Originals who connect us with something bigger than ourselves.
The great originals of the ages didn’t labor or merely take orders. They thought. They dared. They peeked behind the curtain and told us what they saw.
We go to school primarily to learn how to be good workers, not good thinkers. You have to fight conventional wisdom and social pressure if you want to be your true self and follow your true purpose. You have to check your ego at the door — not worrying about what people think about you. It’s not easy, but it’s necessary.
This doesn’t mean we should shun all social constructs. Many of them are good. But there is much to shun.