Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, Nicolaus Copernicus. Four very different men, with one thing in common. They were contrarians.

Contrarians are known for going against the grain. They are society’s forces of change, constantly challenging tradition for unconventional thinking. They are admired for swimming against the current, for setting themselves apart from everyone else, simply by thinking differently. Contrarian thinkers such as Charles Darwin, Jeff Bezos, and Isaac Newton are seen in a positive light — courageous, unconventional, counterintuitive — but most of all, they are visionaries.

Being contrarian makes us feel special. It’s difficult to outperform your…

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