“A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinion of sheep.” this is one of my favorite quotes and one of the very few I live by. For those who religiously follow Game Of Thrones you might have heard this quote uttered by Tywin Lannister.
What does it mean ?
For people like me life is a battleground and the only opinion that matters is yours. Becoming the king of the jungle is the first prize and nothing and no one will get in the way. Taking the quote at face value it instills us to ignore negativity and to not stop until you achieve what you had set out to do.
The ramifications of this on the other hand could be disastrous and have been known to have the opposite effect resulting in alienation, isolation and a reputation that carries arrogance.
I have seen and known people who had massive goals but were plagued by doubt, fear and worry about how people will perceive them. The constant “listening to the opinion of sheep” can hamper dreams and ambitions. And these type of people make a move only when they feel that they have everyone’s approval, no matter who these people are! There is a fine line between sticking to your opinion and taking advice from others.
The quote is nothing but a shout out to being confident, being your own person, following your heart and becoming the strongest version of yourself.
Building confidence, not arrogance is a learning process some people never get to master. It can be the difference between reaching your goal, spending a lifetime almost getting there or never even getting started.
Be a lion, listen to those around you who matter, don’t allow the opinions of others to cloud your judgment or sway your beliefs.