Be a Freak – Traits of a Fearless Entrepreneur #24 of 25
I am reading Chris Brogan’s new book, the Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth. The book’s tag line is Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits and World Dominators. While I don’t consider myself a weirdo, early in my career I frequently felt like a misfit. And I definitely want to dominate the world. Not in a bad way. I just want to make an impact. Make that a BIG impact.
Chris’ book has tons of practical tips about how to celebrate the things that may have made you feel like a misfit and to focus forward and channel your talents and energies toward being a world changing disruptor. For me, when I was in Corporate America, I just couldn’t stomach the status quo. And I couldn’t stand incremental change, when it was possible to both innovate and differentiate with the same resources. It seemed like such a waste to me.
I’ve made a lot of money over the last 20+ years leveraging that discomfort as a strategic consultant to my industry. But in the end, I can’t find satisfaction telling others not to accept the status quo and advising them to truly leap frog the competition when it comes to innovation. Despite paying my firm boatloads of money, most of them continued to hold on to the status quo with a vengeance, or went back to do more research, presumably to help lower their risk.
Now, I have to just deliver the solution. Simplify the challenge. Save people time. Good thing is that I’ve already built it and am just putting the finishing touches on now.
Yes, I’ve chosen to be a freak. World domination here I come!