The Crazy Ones

Have you ever asked anyone if they think they are average?

The answer is more often than not, a sideways look saying, “Absolutely not, I’m above average” or “How dare you assume that I am average!”.

I’m sure you can pick out the inherent contradiction there; everyone can’t be above average because everyone is the average. That means you too.

So, who isn’t the average?

They happen to be my favorite kind of people: Crazy People.

Anyone who has ever made anything impactful or inspiring or even good is, at the least, a little bit crazy. Crazy to the average person, who looks at them and notices that that’s not a normal thing to do.

It’s not normal to use a rocket from your rocket company to put a car from your car company into orbit around Mars.

It’s not normal to create a hip-hop album and win a Pulitzer Prize for it.

So, how can we do that? How can we be crazy?

While no one will (probably) ever launch their car into orbit around Mars again, but there are ways to take steps towards crazy and steps away from average. To me, it just means to make an effort to be different.

If everyone is running one way, maybe check out what it would look like to run the opposite way. Or look for a counterintuitive but more effective approach to doing something. Even if it means standing out by working a little harder or working a little less, and letting people look at you funny cause you aren’t doing what everyone else is doing.

Because we all know that if you do what everyone else is doing, you’re going to end up in the same place as everyone else.

Here’s a Rob Siltanen quote for some inspiration:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

All the best,

Nick