Committing to Crazy

All around, I see people doing amazing things. Because I love a good story, I like to find out what that person's path was to getting there. I'm always impressed by how those people listened to their inner voices, ignoring well-meaning friends and quizical looks from strangers, moving on with their ideas, no matter how crazy they might sound. Sometimes, they fail miserably.

Other times, they succeed beyond anyone's predictions, including the originator's. By the time their story becomes bigger than their original idea, they've been working on their "thing" for a while. We might only see the end result as an "overnight success," never knowing what it took to get there or how they kept going, no matter how hard it was to get up every day and do that thing after committing to it.

If you were there at the beginning, you might ask this person, "Why the heck are you doing this?" or "Is there money at the end?" or "Who's going to watch?" And that person might just have given up.

Or they might have ignored you and done something crazy like this:

Noah Scalin at Gel 2009 from Gel Conference on Vimeo.

I have a few crazy ideas that I've been tossing around but I always go with what's safe because those ideas seem to be more acceptable to people and, as wacky as I think I am, I'm really just a people pleaser. God, I hate that. I hate that with a passion. Most days, I have too much frustration about the world that I stay away from social channels just so I don't piss anybody off. Other days, I wake up asking myself why I keep hitting the mute button when I only have another forty or fifty years on this earth, God willing.

You know what I think?

I think I need a good ass-kicking.

How about you?

What are you doing with your wacky ideas? Are you hitting the mute button, too?