How to Get Away with Being Crazy

 

People used to tell me that I was crazy.

Now, for doing the same things I did before, they tell me I’m innovative.

What’s changed?

I became successful. I worked incredibly hard, made some money, achieved my goals and got my life where I wanted it.

THAT is something that’s very difficult to argue with.

Until you prove yourself, and if you are doing something beyond the status quo, it’s natural for others to feel that you’re just an oddball.

All successful people are just weirdos until they change the definition to include themselves.

There’s no reason you can’t do the same.

It would be crazy not to.

33 comments

  1. This is really true. When I was taking a class on the Creative Process, the professor mentioned many times that the best ideas are usually rejected as the craziest and that the most successful people aren’t afraid to break the mold and take crazy risks. When the risks pay off, the naysayers know it.

    Great post! I’m really liking this “Short and Profound” format.

  2. This is really true. When I was taking a class on the Creative Process, the professor mentioned many times that the best ideas are usually rejected as the craziest and that the most successful people aren’t afraid to break the mold and take crazy risks. When the risks pay off, the naysayers know it.

    Great post! I’m really liking this “Short and Profound” format.

  3. The Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?”

    Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

    ;)

    I remember reading somewhere that in order to be a successful entrepreneur, you do need to be a little insane – because people are going to constantly tell you your idea sucks, you won’t be able to do it, etc etc.

    You have to have enough conviction, and perhaps be a little unreasonable to not listen to the advice ;)

  4. The Mad Hatter: “Have I gone mad?”

    Alice: “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

    ;)

    I remember reading somewhere that in order to be a successful entrepreneur, you do need to be a little insane – because people are going to constantly tell you your idea sucks, you won’t be able to do it, etc etc.

    You have to have enough conviction, and perhaps be a little unreasonable to not listen to the advice ;)

  5. Genius! Brilliant! And totally insane. Yep. That would be everything I always said about you. Hence you are so consistently on the top of my inspiration list!

  6. Genius! Brilliant! And totally insane. Yep. That would be everything I always said about you. Hence you are so consistently on the top of my inspiration list!

  7. Funny to read this today. Yesterday I went to the movies. Alice in Wonderland was the film. There I heard something I haven’t heard in a while, being crazy is a good thing.

    True most people will think you are just weird. But when you start standing in your own two feet and showing that you are doing good and having fun, everyone starts listening.

    I’m glad you are crazy Colin. That makes you a remarkable friend, and a good guy full of adventures and stories.

    Thanks for sharing man!

  8. Funny to read this today. Yesterday I went to the movies. Alice in Wonderland was the film. There I heard something I haven’t heard in a while, being crazy is a good thing.

    True most people will think you are just weird. But when you start standing in your own two feet and showing that you are doing good and having fun, everyone starts listening.

    I’m glad you are crazy Colin. That makes you a remarkable friend, and a good guy full of adventures and stories.

    Thanks for sharing man!

  9. I love your blog more and more. It is almost as if you are talking to me :) Well maybe not. A lot of people used to think I was totally crazy.

    Now, they just think I am sorta crazy.

  10. I love your blog more and more. It is almost as if you are talking to me :) Well maybe not. A lot of people used to think I was totally crazy.

    Now, they just think I am sorta crazy.

  11. “All successful people are just weirdos until they change the definition to include themselves.”

    You can’t see me right now but I’m clapping.

  12. “All successful people are just weirdos until they change the definition to include themselves.”

    You can’t see me right now but I’m clapping.

  13. How shallow people are, myself acknowledged and included.

    Such a positive message for those who love their quirks; the opposite is just depressing. At least irritating. Someone rejects a rejects ideas because that’s what the reject is known for… being rejected.

    Sometime in the near future I hope to get away with it. I hope other people do too, and I can only wish that I’ll be able to see past the wierdness of these wierdos and not reject them.

  14. How shallow people are, myself acknowledged and included.

    Such a positive message for those who love their quirks; the opposite is just depressing. At least irritating. Someone rejects a rejects ideas because that’s what the reject is known for… being rejected.

    Sometime in the near future I hope to get away with it. I hope other people do too, and I can only wish that I’ll be able to see past the wierdness of these wierdos and not reject them.

  15. “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

    One of my favorite quotes, and I think you’ve hit the nail on the head here.

    Great post, Colin!

  16. “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

    One of my favorite quotes, and I think you’ve hit the nail on the head here.

    Great post, Colin!

  17. This is it right here: “All successful people are just weirdos until they change the definition to include themselves.”

    I wish I had a profound comment to add, but you stated it perfectly Colin. Thank you.

    Karol

  18. This is it right here: “All successful people are just weirdos until they change the definition to include themselves.”

    I wish I had a profound comment to add, but you stated it perfectly Colin. Thank you.

    Karol

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  21. “There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.” -Salvador Dali

  22. “There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad.” -Salvador Dali

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