Success May Require Weirdness

Today I am sharing with you a post written by Philip E. Humbert, PhD and coach.  I have enjoyed and oftentimes been guided by his words of wisdom for quite a few years now and found the following to be uplifting, encouraging and “so right on” —  

One of the paradoxes of life is that being “reasonable”often means settling for ordinary results, while success usually requires us to step outside our normal routines, be different and, sometimes, uncomfortable. Highly successful people are, by definition, unusual people!

All of us have been pressured to conform at one time or another. We’ve been told to “sit still” in school, to “stop interrupting” or “not make a scene.” We’ve been criticized for dressing, speaking, acting or thinking “different.” The subtle and not-so-subtle pressures to accept conventional norms are powerful. “To get along, you have to go along.”

Well. Madame Currie, Florence Nightingale, Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Oprah Winfrey are not admired because they were “average” people! Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Edison, Charles Lindbergh, Franklin Roosevelt and Bill Gates were not “conventional” people.

Abraham Lincoln is widely regarded as the greatest American president, yet the thing he was most known for among his friends was his stubborn refusal to quit running for office, even after he lost thirty-two elections! That is not normal!

One of the things that has made America, and capitalism great, is our love of individuality. We have always admired our “mad inventors.” The Wright brothers thought they could fly! Henry Ford thought he could put a car in every garage.

Ben Franklin flew a kite in a thunder storm (didn’t his mother tell him to come in out of the rain?). Mary Kay thought she could make a living selling make-up, while Mrs.

Field tried to support her family selling cookies! That’s just crazy!

Now, we need to tell the truth here. A lot of crazy ideas really are pretty crazy. We’ve all had brilliant ideas in the middle of the night, only to find that in the clear light of day they weren’t worth pursuing. I’ve made many fortunes while taking my shower, only to see them go down the drain when I tried to tell my partners about them. Just because an idea is weird doesn’t mean it’s wonderful.

But many great ideas (and the fortunes) have been lost because the genius who thought it up was shy. Or lacked courage. Or got intimidated by a casual comment that, “You can’t do that!”

All great ideas were crazy before they were brilliant.

Alexander Bell thought he could talk over copper wires, and even worse, Marconi thought he could send messages through thin air! When David Sarnoff wanted to launch the first radio network (now NBC), one investor ridiculed him by asking, “Who would pay to send a message to no one in particular?” Jules Verne thought people might one day travel under the ocean or, even more ridiculous, fly in outer space. How crazy was that!?

If you can read this, you are a genius. You have had thousands of wonderful, creative, brilliant ideas–most of which you’ve never pursued. And that’s a shame.

Success is not achieved by being “ordinary.” Nor is it achieved merely by being “different.” Success is about following your own path and having the courage to intelligently pursue your dreams.

One of my heroes, Henry Thoreau, recommended “marching to beat of your own drummer.”

To achieve your unique version of success, follow your heart. Yes, you’ll want to learn from others. Yes, you’ll want to obey the law and applicable regulations, but aside from those things, you become great by being exactly and uniquely yourself. This is a call for more eccentrics, more individuals, more creative, unrepentant adventurers. Go where you heart and your instincts lead you. Follow your dream. Instead of following the safe, “normal” highway, blaze a new path and leave a trail for others to follow.

Celebrate Your Weirdness ~ It is what makes you, You!

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2 Responses to Success May Require Weirdness

  1. larryboatman says:

    Love that phrase Sally: “All great ideas were crazy before they were brilliant.”

    Have fun TODAY! Hug somebody tight TODAY! Make a positive difference in someone’s life TODAY!

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    • Thank you, Larry! I believe that phrase is one children should hear also — it is bound to inspire them to step up to something bigger and bolder as they weight ideas and opportunities. Make your day absolutely awesome!

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