Here's a challenge for you...this week, take a chance and do something really different! Seriously, be courageous enough to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing! I know this might sound crazy or even scary, but think about it with me for a moment. If you want to live it forward in the most important areas of your life, it actually makes a ton of sense to do the opposite.

Allow me to explain....

When facing a significant challenge in your life, purposefully do the opposite of what most people do and you'll likely be shocked at how well you succeed. If you are faced with a great opportunity; again, do the opposite! Next time you feel like blaming a work associate, neighbor, friend, or parent for some problem in your life, choose to do the opposite of what almost everyone around you does and accept responsibility.

Feel like giving up on your dreams because the journey is challenging? Don't! Do the opposite of what 98% of people do and say to yourself, "No matter how hard it is or how bad it gets, I'm going to make it." Refuse to quit! Do you lack courage to articulate your beliefs during meetings? Then do the opposite--stand up and be heard.

Talk too much? Then again, do the opposite. Be quiet and listen (yikes--this one hits home with me). I think you get my point.

Earl Nightingale
, a legendary speaker and educator, once said, "If you want to be successful in life, simply watch what most people would do in a given situation, and then do the total opposite--nine times out of ten, you'll receive greater rewards." Personally, I like those odds!

So here's my challenge (and I'd love to hear back from you to hear what happens for you)...

For the next 72 hours, no matter what challenges or opportunities come your way, ask yourself: "What would most people do?" Then...do the exact opposite! I can almost guarantee you WILL be making a much better decision!

Looking forward to hearing how this works out for you!

Additionally, I'd love to hear from any of you if you've done the opposite in the past and it helped you "live it forward" in the most important roles of your life.

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Comment by Harald Rothermel on November 10, 2012 at 6:08pm

thanks kent.

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Comment by Kent Julian on November 6, 2012 at 5:55pm


Definitely do the opposite of what most people do. 9 times out of 10 you'll be successful.


Comment by Harald Rothermel on November 2, 2012 at 6:13pm

i love this suggestion.

i have been seeing that doing the opposite is a big chance.

i haven´t done it myself very often though.

now this is a new kick in the bud to do it.

thank you kent, i will do it, because i am at a point where i need it.

so your post came at the exact right point of my life to me.

thanks and do the opposite!


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Comment by Kent Julian on November 26, 2011 at 7:33am

Love LOVE that Seinfeld episode!!!!

Comment by Troy Lee on November 25, 2011 at 4:16pm

I think that George Costanza discovered this principle in a famous Seinfeld episode once, certainly one of my favorite episodes ever because it was thought-provoking and funny. It's interesting to think how much our destinies could be impacted by doing the opposite. I love Nightingale's observation and one that deserves serious implementation this week. A good exercise would be to keep an "I Did the Opposite" journal. The distance between cause and effect might be to wide to see the immediacy of most decision, but a journal would help you keep long-range score on just how different some things turned out to be simply because you did the opposite.

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Comment by Kent Julian on May 6, 2011 at 8:36am




Love your hear for your daughter!


I think some "opposites" would be to do the following:

  • Continue to pray
  • Accept her for who she is...even these insecurities
  • Listen to hear explain why she feels insecure (rather than try to fix it)
  • Be willing to challenge her with how she can use this situation as a motivator to change what she can change and accept what she can't change.

These are just a few thoughts. 


One other thought...sometimes finding the opposite isn't as easy as it sounds because the situation does not lend itself to easy answers.  This is one of those situations. 


Hope this helps,


Comment by Marlo Larson on May 4, 2011 at 9:48pm

Hi Kent, 


Thank you for sharing your post.   Good word for sure!   Today, I struggle with finding my daughter, who is a senior and ready to graduate, a prom dress.    Sadly, she has put on some extra weight and to make it worst, she is very top heavy.    I watched her self esteem and desire dwindle as dress after dress fit the bottom and not the top.    What would be the opposite of what a person would do in this situation?   She's trying to give up on prom, but I don't want to see that happen.   I'm praying, cause I'm a praying woman.  Perhaps...that is the opposite of what most would do.



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Comment by Kent Julian on September 26, 2010 at 3:45pm
Thanks Brent!
Comment by Brent Green on September 25, 2010 at 3:01pm
Good stuff Kent!!!

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Comment by Kent Julian on September 23, 2010 at 5:31am
Nathan...you're on to something!

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