Originally posted Sep 6, 2013
Entrepreneurs and Creatives have a lot in common – passion, drive and commitment to a vision, with a little bit of crazy thrown in for good measure.
The first three traits are usually more obviously constructive. Successful examples of both groups are traditionally known for the first three. But what looks like crazy on the outside is the glue that makes it all come together.
In their early lives, some of the world’s top CEOs have been shown to have psychological profiles that resemble criminals: school dropout, antisocial tendencies and disrespect for authority included. But that refusal to listen to what others think, that unwillingness to be shaped by external forces is what allows them to follow the quiet voice of innovation. That is what incubates the idea that burns within them until it is released as something new.
The crazy is an internal compass for anyone intent on doing different or creating new. It is what keeps them going even when all external signs (and people) say, “Stop. That’s nuts!”
The crazy moves them even when they themselves don’t understand it.
We just wanted to salute some of the crazies today. Like Tessanne Chin, who’s finally found a way to let the world hear that powerfully silky voice. Like the intrepid co owners of Sure Loyalty Cards who are tackling a behemoth for some well-deserved market share. And our friends who created Helen’s Curse, a finely crafted story in a genre where they are few and far between.
In the words of pacifist and social reformer Jane Addams, “The essence of immortality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.”
Peace and Love.