Red Lemon Club Motivation Tip #10 Leave School

Most of us have been through school, and experienced all the highs and lows that accompany those years. High school-level school is a period in everyone’s lives when one is impressionable and easily molded by the pressures to fit in and conform.

The trouble is, with this adolescent pressure to fit in, we began to fear what other people thought of us. On top of this, most school systems reinforce this fear, through providing an environment in which conforming is good and deviation is bad. Taking risks and standing out as being a bad thing was drummed into us, day in day out.

So most of the lack of risk-taking in our adult lives stems from those high-school years. It’s possible, and necessary, to break out of those habits instilled into us at school. It’s time to drop those negative habits and return to being the creative dreamers we were before.

Care about creating and not about conforming. Leave school!



  1. Good point, though most of what you’re referring to takes place in grammar school. High school just happens to be fresher in our minds.

  2. Good points guys.

    Arp, I think it’s a combination of the two schools, and I think high school is a more ‘self conscious’ time for most in their adolescent years, and therefore could have more of an effect.

  3. ‘Self Conscious’ is a good way of putting it. Throughout history, the adolescent time has been extremely important for many cultures – especially with regards to coming of age rituals. It’s unfortunate that many spend/have spent that this impressionable time sequestered in a classroom.

  4. I’ve experienced this even in college (an illustration program), and I think there’s a good side and a bad side to it. The constant competition of being surrounded by talented classmates is a great motivator to create better work, but at the same time it’s hard not to mould your work to others’ opinions when they are so numerous and frequent.
    Even though our school encourages non-conformity in our work, it’s easy to give into that fear of what other people think of us.

  5. For a minute there I thought you actually advised people to leave school.. Haha. I say – get rid of your baggage, whatever it is.

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