Attended Tony Robbins talk this morning in San Francisco. I have always wanted to see him speak. And when Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, created the possibility to hear him for FREE (all you had to do was “like” DreamForce conference on Facebook and answer one question survey), I was no going to miss it for anything.
One thing that resonated a lot with me was Tony’s statement – “Being weird is the new COOL”.
Now let’s looks at some of my favorite people – Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and most recently Lady Gaga. They all are weird is some sort of the way.
And the reason why they are weird is because of their view, values and ventures are very radical. Lets for a moment study them:
Views: They all had some hard obstacles. Most of them came from humble beginnings yet they accomplished what they did because they viewed themselves accountable for what they wanted. They viewed their obstacles as an opportunity to try something new.
E.g. Mahatma Gandhi had become convinced that India could never be truly free as long as it remained part of the British Empire. This view led him to demand independence as India’s price for helping Britain during the second world war.
Values: Some of them went through some really tough times. These trying times made them stronger.
E.g. Mahatma Gandhi stuck to his values on non-violence even when he was subjected to excruciating pain and physical torture. Nelson Mandela served twenty seven years in prison as a symbol of anti-apartheid movement.
Ventures: When the stakes are high, game becomes interesting. And if you come from a place of courage and wonder chances are you will make a big dent in the world (for the better). Playing a safe, predictable and small game, limits us to test out the power in us. Most accomplished people took on some crazy ventures. They have a HUNGER to make a difference, they stay hungry and foolish.
E.g. Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, raised in a Brooklyn, N.Y., housing project. The Wall Street was dubious of the fact that consumers would be willing to pay $3-4 for coffee when it was available for $0.50 in other places. He wasn’t taking a “no” for an answer and today when you think coffee the first word that comes to your mind is “Starbucks” (2011 Revenue – $26.5B)
Being weird is NOT all that crazy IT is COOL!!!