Only The Crazy Succeed

March 16, 2011 by  
Filed under business, motivation, relationships

If no one has called you crazy, then you’re not trying hard enough to succeed.

I was talking to a close friend the other day about a big idea she has. Her excitement was so contagious and her vision was definitely one I appreciated. Then, the next day, she told me that she shared that vision with someone else, who called her crazy.

Has this ever happened to you?

It’s frustrating sometimes. You see things differently than the people around you. Instead of those people respecting that, they’ll call you crazy, and say things like “good luck with that!” or just shake their heads. Why are things that are different necessarily bad?

We don’t all have to agree. Heck, we all don’t agree and rarely do. So it’s not like someone with a different outlook, a different goal or a huge aspiration is something new.

Let’s look at a few people who were called crazy for wanting something different:

  • Henry Ford (you can’t build an engine with all cylinders enclosed on one block!)
  • Thomas Edison (you’ve failed at that light bulb 10,000 times, when are you gonna quit?)
  • Ray Kroc (you’ve failed at everything you tried, why do you think this McDonald’s thing is gonna work?)
  • Abraham Lincoln (you’ve lost so many elections and failed at how many businesses? Why do you think anyone’s gonna vote you president?)
  • Dr. Mae Jemison (there’s never been a black female astronaut, why do you wanna do that?)
  • Madam C.J. Walker (with that nappy hair you might as well just stay ugly and die)

Ok I was feeling a little ‘color purple-ish’ with that last comment (no I don’t think Madam CJ Walker was ugly, and my hair is very nappy and I definitely don’t think I’m ugly…), but I’m just saying. What if any one of these people had listened to the people in their lives who called them crazy?

They didn’t listen and you shouldn’t either. If you’re crazy, then you’re just crazy. I for one am crazy and I want something different than the uncrazy people I know. They can look at me sideways all they want, I just keep on moving forward. How do they know they’re not the crazy ones, and I’m perfectly ‘normal’?

In order to succeed in life, you have to be a little crazy. You have to want to do something different, something bigger, something greater than the ‘normal’ or ‘average’ people around you. Want that promotion? Then be crazy and take the initiative, be assertive, do different things than your coworkers. Want a massively successful business? Then be crazy and stop spending money on going out, on clothes, stop spending your free time watching TV and definitely stop reading anything ‘fun’ that doesn’t help you make sales or attract customers.

You know what’s really crazy, though? I agree with Einstein when he said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. So maybe we aren’t crazy, after all.

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7 Responses to “Only The Crazy Succeed”
  1. Galen Pearl says:

    I must be very successful, because I have been called crazy so many times, I can’t remember! I was crazy to go live overseas. I was crazy to adopt not once but three times. I was even crazier to become a foster parent to two other kids. I am now crazy for retiring earlier than most folks. On and on. Thanks for making me feel that crazy is ok!
    Galen Pearl recently posted: The Courage to Change

  2. Chris T. says:

    Hey, I just came across your stuff and I love it! My theme for 2011 is also to be epic. This post is wonderful. I added it to my new blog! Thank you!

  3. Lilou says:

    Hey, I just came across your blog and this post really resonates with what i’m going through right now. I really appreciate you addressing this. Thanks.
    Lilou recently posted: Embracing individuality and the freedom of self


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