In 1998, the senior CNN health correspondent, Dan Rutz, shook my hand thanking me for a weekend of training in Zdorovye, the native health system of natural movement which I had brought back from my training in Russia. He said, “When we first met at our office in Atlanta, with your pirate beard and ponytail, I thought you were a bit crazy. Now, I’m convinced you totally are, and I love it. I suspect our audience will feel the same as I do.”
I’ve been ridiculed most of my early life for disappearing to marginal territories studying with fringe scientists, doctors and coaches. From each one of them, I discovered a few unique gems of sanity that would have otherwise gone unseen without sifting through their more ethereal theories.
You have to be a bit mad to challenge to the status quo. Courage is a kind of insanity: you’re consciously choosing to do the difficult, righteous, daring thing despite your fears compelling you to either run away and quit, or never take the chance to begin with.
Marilyn Monroe said, “Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. And it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” Proudly wear those scars and blemishes from your mad ideas. Snicker a little at your craziness. Live out loud with outrageous passion for your own way, and I promise you’ll never experience one day of boredom.