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.

Update: December 11, 2016

Unsaid here is that there are different types of success, and people will very often see ‘success’ or ‘failure’ through a very specific lens. I think what I was focusing on in this post was being successful monetarily, though today, I’m more focused on other types of success that might not be as obvious.