It is OK and even advisable to think differently than others. Sometimes it is harder to be the person who is not with the crowd. You get questioned more because if in essence you are not with the crowd, you may seem against the crowd, questioning by default some of their assumptions. But this doesn’t need to be true. I see thinking differently as defining innovation. You may just be coming at it from another angle, a new frame of reference with clever insight and if you share your thoughts with diplomacy your position can be respected and potentially be the inspiration that others need to see things differently from the norm. After all many great ideas come from thinking and doing things differently so know it is OK and even encouraged to not follow the heard all the time.
Remember you are the only one in all the meetings, projects, labs, conversations that you have. You have a unique perspective on the world and within your organization. One of the insightful things you can do is connect the dots between these different conversations to create thoughts, projects, ideas, POV that are pulling insights from different sources into a synergistic solution. No one else is able to do this because no one has your view on the world. It is up to you to pull together ideas and harness insights that cross boundaries so you can come up with added value that no one else can generate.
If the truth be told, I usually don’t think big enough. But I have learned to push myself to stretch my thinking over time. It is probably good to take the position that you can’t think too big. Don’t limit your ideas. Don’t be afraid to stretch your boundaries and continue to think of things on a broader scale with larger impact. Ask yourself…Is there more I can do? Can I expand this idea? Are there broader impacts I can have? Can I have a larger role? Because if your start with Big Thinking you may end up small, but if you think small it will be much harder to Go Big!