Thursday, January 26, 2012

I'm Proud To Be Crazy

The poem below was written by the late Steve Jobs.  I heard it for the first time in a staff meeting, and even though my boss wanted me to relate it to the company, I jumped outside the box and related it to writing. My former teachers might consider this off-task. I think it shows a sense of higher purpose.

Crazy is just one name I've been called since I started writing.  A lot of people lack the ability to take risks - when they embark on ambitious journeys, they need a guarantee beforehand.  They're not wired to invest time and energy in something that doesn't cut a biweekly paycheck. They can't devote time to projects that may never get off the ground. They crave structure. They require stability.
I've never been that person.  If you're reading this, neither have you.
Our work as aspiring authors is a testament of character.  It summarizes an entire resume in a few simple words.  It highlights internal motivation - our innate ability to go after something.  Nobody makes us write.  Nobody schedules our shifts or checks our time sheet.  We discipline ourselves.  We pick ourselves up when we feel inferior.  We make ourselves keep going.  We work for what we want.  We fail, we learn, we persevere. The result is creativity.
As a teacher, I want these students in my classroom.
As an employer, I want these candidates on my team.
As a person, I want these folks in my life.
I'm proud to be crazy.
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 praise them, disagree with them, quote them,
disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They invent.
They imagine.
They heal.
They explore.
They create.
They inspire.
They push the human race forward.
Maybe they have to be crazy.
How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art?
Or sit in silence and hear a song that has never been written?
Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some 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.
I challenge you to go out and create something today.  Let's all be crazy together.


  1. Inspiring post, Paul. I love those lines: "Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do." I'm keeping this is mind for the rest of my life.

    I'm proud to be crazy :)

  2. Great post, Paul. I tend to think of us as the sane ones. You'd have to be crazy to shuffle through life without creating, trying, or searching for all that has yet to be seen, heard, read, or invented. Crazy, or lacking heart.

  3. Great post! I always need inspiration and you have given it. Love this. I'm proud to be crazy. :)Here's to us crazies. *raises glass*

  4. It's a good poem... Sanity is overrated, especially if it's defined by the status-quo.


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