Whether right or wrong, go your own way.
In academia, where I make my living, it's very easy to engulf yourself in another researcher's work, so much so that you begin to ignore your own thoughts, opinions, and beliefs. I've done that as of late. For many young researchers, it's a trap waiting around the corner.
I'm a big fan of Emerson. He's my favorite author (him and C.S. Lewis compete for 1st and 2nd place, depending on the particular situation). His essays, especially Nature and Self Reliance, are two of the most inspirational pieces of writing that I've been blessed to read in my lifetime. There's one line especially, from Self-Reliance, that I really appreciate:
To believe in your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart, is true for all men - that is genius. Speak your latent conviction and it shall be the universal sense; for always the inmost becomes the outmost, and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment.Beautiful!
His words remind me of the beauty of my own thoughts - our own thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes. Whether right or wrong is not the most immediate concern. The most immediate and precious point, is they are yours.
Whether in academia like myself, business, school, work, family, or whatever the circumstance: stand by your conviction.