TRAILBLAZER | ˈtrālˌblāzər
Noun: One who goes somewhere new by rejecting something old.
We’re a social species. It’s painful to go against the grain. We face rejection from one other when we take a path never taken. In fact, we face our own rejection, our own fears, when we reject what others do. If you’re going to be the first through a wall, then there’s a moment where you truly are alone. You have to go first in order to lead others to a new frontier.
The expression “trailblazer” came into being in the late 18th Century when the American settlers were pushing further and further west. One of the ways to indicate their route they had taken was to remove the bark from some of the trees. This method of marking trees was known as "trail-blazing".