You can read the story about 450 sheep leaping to their own death in Turkey back in 2005. This is one story of thousands similar to this about sheep. This link will take you to that story. https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/450_sheep_leap_to_their_deaths_in_Turkey
Why would it be that a sheep would follow another sheep to its death? Answer: It is built-in to their genetic code. Researchers say that sheep have a natural tendency to herd up and follow, especially when there is a threat. They seek to get to the middle of the herd, because they feel safer. Obviously not all the sheep can be in the middle, but they still feel safer when they are altogether. They follow each other.
Are there times we should follow? Absolutely there are. However, in our culture there are too many followers. Some people follow just because it seems like the cool thing to do. Some people follow because they don’t think on their own.
We all have to become better thinkers. We have to think about what we are doing and why we are doing it. We have to think about where we want to go and what we want to do. We have to think about what we eat and don’t eat. The key word is think, the second key point is, thinking long-term. Sheep don’t have the ability to think long-term. They can only think about right now. The sheep says “I am hungry, I need to eat”. The sheep says “I am scared, I need to herd.” They can’t think about the future the way humans can.
So ask yourself. Who am I following? Why am I following? Is this person the best person to follow? Are there better people to follow? Why am I doing what I do. Why am I saying what I say. Am I doing what others are doing so I can be like them. What do I need to do to get me to the place I seek to be.
Sure we need to be good followers at times, but we also need to walk away from the people who will lead us over a cliff. They may not be doing it intentionally either, it may be just all they know as well. Be a thinker, don’t be average. Don’t listen to the person next to you who has been doing something for five minutes and now wants to educate you on how you should do it.
Don’t be a sheep today, be the person you want to be.
To your success and your future.