“Here's to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The
troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with
them, glorify or vilify them.
But the only thing you can't do is
ignore them. Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the
crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy
enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
In the iconic Apple Advertisement,
Steve Jobs talks about the CRAZY ONES, The MISFITS, THE REBELS, THE ROUND PEGS
in a SQUARE HOLE. This advertisement was titled THINK DIFFERENT. This is one of
my favorite Ads and if you have not seen it then You must definitely have a
look at it. It shows personalities and icons of our times, people who have made
a huge impact on human kind and by their endeavor pushed the Human Race
In one of his interviews when STEVE
JOBS was asked about this unusual title of the CRAZY ONES, he said that it
really takes someone to be CRAZY enough to persist in the face of failures,
rejections, uncertainty. All the sane people would have easily given up and gone
back to the status-quo of safety. Only people who are mad enough for their
cause or purpose can persist long enough. All the smart and rational people
would crumble under the pressure and gone back to something safe.
So today we are going to look at this
quality of being CRAZY. What does it take to be crazy enough to reach some
momentous achievement in life?
AUDACITY TO DREAM…..
While most of us dream of having some
material possessions in our lives, these CRAZY People have a dream of making an
impact on the entire human race. They have far more audacious dreams than most
of us do. It takes a lot of courage to do so. What an Einstein does to humanity
cannot be comprehended in just plain simple words.
When GANDHI marches an entire nation
towards Freedom, it cannot be explained it words the impact it had on the
nation. These are the CRAZY ones and they live their lives for these CRAZY
Dreams. They never ever have a dream of making a million dollars, or making a
huge palatial house or getting the fastest cars of the world. Such dreams are
of the petty people like us. The CRAZY ones dream at the different level
Most of the people in this CRAZY
category are involved with two things. Either they are focused on creating
something NEW or taking forward something already there to astronomical
heights. All the inventors who lived before us, the people who invented the
electricity, the planes, the computer, the cars, the Internet etc…. were all
the CRAZY ONES. They ventured into something they did not even exist at that
The other set of creators are the
likes of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs who take some existing technology and move
it so forward that it changes how we live forever. Their dreams are involved
with Creation, it has nothing to do with MONEY. However ordinary people like
you and me almost always have MONEY at the core of our dreams.
Take a look at all your dreams that
you have. What does it involve? What is the CRAZY part in that dream of yours?
Do you have a dream to make some meaning, some impact, help people, make the
human life better, progress humanity further, or does your dream entail only
the worldly possession? Do you fit into this CRAZY world of DREAMERS?
If at all you had to be part of this
group of CRAZY people, what would be your dream, what would be your mission?
What creation would be doing or what one thing that you can make better in a
very big way. Would you be even interested in being part, being the crazy one
or would you rather be happy and satisfied with your current status.
GO FOR THE UNSEEN, THE UNKNOWN, THE
In The list of crazy people in the ad
and apart from the ad, one thing stands out very distinctively is that each
journey that they have pursued is a journey into the unknown. When they begin
nothing was known to them, nothing was clear, nothing was vivid and yet they
are able to put their best step forward and embark upon this journey.
This is a pretty scary stuff. Just
imagine that when we have to go for a small vacation for a few days how much planning
do we do. How many inquiries and reservations do we make? How many things we
pack with us just in case? Now imagine that you are going to venture out into
something that you know nothing off. You have no reservations made. You have no
packing done with you because you don’t know what exactly you will need, Pretty
This is exactly how these CRAZY
people start. Absolutely into the DARK. All they know is somehow they are going
to come out alive, although bruised and scathed but victorious. They are the MODERN-DAY
GLADIATORS who go into the Fighting ring not knowing what exactly are they
going to face there.
Now look at the people around you and
yourself too, how many dreams do you see not pursued because of the lack of
Slight Courage. How many people you see who are waiting for all the lights to
turn GREEN. How many people do you see who want to know everything beforehand
before they venture out? On the other hand, recall all your heroes, all your
success inspirations. Take a cursory look at their journey and you will surely
find that they all started with absolute uncertainty.
The Lack of courage and doubt over
uncertainty is the biggest killer of dreams. We hope that once everything is
clear we will start and in doing so we never actually start. All we do is delay
all the proposition.
So think for yourself, whatever dreams
and goals that you have, can you develop the courage to GO FOR THE UNSEEN, THE
UNKNOWN, THE UNHEARD OF…………
TIME……….. THE BIGGEST RISK
We all know that time is a perishable
commodity. It is also a limited supply commodity. We do not have an unlimited
time on this planet. So, most of the people once they enter the working life
are wary of spending it on something that does not produce immediate results or
monetary gains. We just feel appalled at the very idea of doing an
activity that is not giving some immediate money gains.
However, you look at the people from
the CRAZY world. They all are completely willing to invest their time even if
it does not give any immediate tangible benefits. They can remain persistent in
the face of loss of time with no immediate gains. Now this is a quality that
not many humans possess. It is a mental will that needs to be cultivated and
developed if you really want to go for your dreams.
I have seen a lot of people who are
willing to invest money in a new venture, but are scared to invest time in it.
They start a new venture with lots of exuberance and passion, they invest money
in their new venture and very soon they realize that it is taking a longer time
to yield result. They brave their initial time with some motivation but soon
they start losing patience and predictably if the results don’t happen fast,
they start adjusting their sails, they start tinkering with their course, they
start sailing in a completely different direction, and soon they return to the
What we all fail to realize is that
more than the money it’s the TIME that has to be risked. The initial time will
come with a lot of excruciating pain and lot of heart burn, but one must
overcome it. That is what every member of the CRAZY ones does. Most of the people
however choose to play it safe. They prefer to invest their time in activities
that are predictable in the frequency of money payments. So, if you look at the
overall working population, maximum number of people will be found in jobs,
apart from that a large number of people are parts of Family ventures. Very few
people dare to start on their own. This is because they are the CRAZY ONES.
THE URGE TO QUIT………..
When you dare to DREAM, when you dare
to venture into the UNKNOWN, when you dare to risk your TIME………… you will
always feel intimidated with the results that come across. The laurels are few
and hard to come by initially. Only after a sustained period of time will you
see some green shoots appearing over the horizon. Till that time, you will
always have that small voice inside you questioning your strategy, your
decision. You will many times feel the strong urge TO QUIT.
However, the CRAZY ones, never give
into these temptations. They realize that this resistance is always going to be
there. No matter how big you are, how beautiful you are, how rich you are, you
will always have that voice inside you that constantly tells you that you are
not good enough. It will always create doubts and hesitation in what you do.
The TRICK here is to learn to ignore it. All the great successful TITANS that
we see are not people who don’t doubt themselves; they in fact learn to
overcome this self-doubt. They learned the art of silencing this voice over and
In your life also check this for
real. Try and recall any event where you set out to do something. Maybe getting
married, or changing a job or venturing into a new business etc and see for
yourself how this small tiny voice started creating doubts, and if you allowed
this voice to be heard, how it because bigger and louder and how it sabotaged
your journey. This is true with every human being. This SELF DOUBT is present
in every one of us. There is no escaping it. You cannot run away from it. You
cannot say that I will be absolutely Positive and not allow any negative
thoughts to come. This is insane because then you are fighting against yourself
and in this fight you can never win.
Rather you must learn to acknowledge
this voice, it is here for a reason, and Mother Nature has put this voice in
every one of us for a purpose. So never try to fight it, but you can learn to
ignore it and move forward. This is how each CRAZY person moves forward.
THIS IS NOT WHAT EVERYONE DOES………..
The success stories are tales of
people who decided to take up something that everyone was not doing. They
braved the resistance of the parents, their peers their society etc and went on
to create a name for themselves. THEY ARE TRUE REBELS, PROPER MIS-FITS, THE
They refuse to fit into any status
quo of the society. They refuse to hear when told that everyone is doing
something so you should too. They chart their own course and create history.
They are basically a rebel at heart. They don’t want to follow the norm. They
don’t want to do things JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.
Well what is the norm today? Look at
your own life. How has it evolved? What have your parents told you was the best
thing to do. Obviously, it was to study hard in school, get good grades, find a
good job, get married, raise kids and then repeat the cycle for your kids. However,
look at the world of these CRAZY people. You will find people who studied only
the relevant things and not everything. You will find people who put everything
aside to pursue their dreams. You will find people who overlooked their personal
well-being to complete their journey.
These are the people who are truly
mad in their pursuit. They are the non-conformist. They are the people who
rebel against age old practices. They are the people who dare to THINK
So how has your life evolved? Has it
been like everyone around you? Has it followed the same standard pattern? Are
you fitting into the stereotype of the society? If your answer is YES then you
need to re-think and re-look at your life. Why are you doing it just the way
everyone does it. What different can you do.
Can you be the REBEL, the MISFIT.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE……… THE WORLD WILL
BE A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE I WAS HERE
Ask yourself this question….. would
it matter if you were not born? Has your life impacted or mattered to anyone
aside from your family? Ask yourself…. How will this world be a better place
because of what you did here? It’s a very profound question, very deep
question. But ask it anyway. See what answers come.
One of the biggest driving forces in
the life of people whom STEVE JOBS calls THE CRAZY ONES is the burning desire
to create meaning in their lives, to create an impact, and to move the HUMAN
RACE FORWARD with their endeavours, creations and enterprise. These are the
people who stretch the human imagination to great heights, these are the people
who make us realize the possibilities in the human will, they make us know how
strong the human will is. It is these people who push the HUMAN RACE forward.
Now look at the work you do. What is
the single biggest objective to doing that work? if the answer is just plain
and simple MONEY, then you are just like everyone else. If your only objective
to wake up and go to work to earn money, then you are just like many ones
around you. Remember there are BILLIONS and BILLIONS of people who came on this
planet before you and many more will come after you. Almost all of them spent
their entire lives in this single pursuit of SURVIVAL. Very few came along who
were crazy enough to pursue something bigger than their circumstances, the very
few about whom we keep on reading in books, THE FEW CRAZY ONES.
So, ask yourself, do you want to live
your life as a non-entity or do you want to be the CRAZY one. I know it’s
scary, it’s tough, it seems almost impossible… but that is why it is worth it.
Nobody becomes great by doing EASY things. If it was easy everybody would do
it. It really takes someone special to do it. So, do you have a dream, a goal,
a desire that you really want to purse. Do you want to do something that will
really make a difference to someone more than your family? Do you have some
venture or enterprise where you can help someone to become great? Can you be an
inspiration for someone. Can you create something that will make human lives better?
Can you pursue you job in a way that makes the life of your clients better?
CAN YOU BE THAT CRAZY ONE???