Here’s to the Crazy Ones

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

October 7, 2011

There will never be another Steve Jobs.  That would be redundant.

What there will be are many gifted souls who, by taking his lead, will dare to share their form of crazy with us.  We all have our place in this world to leave a mark.  What a shame it would be to choose not to because we are afraid of what others might think.  Or we are afraid of tasting our own flavor of crazy.

I could keep my gifts and thoughts to myself.  Sometimes I do.  Then they become heavy and weigh my life down.  My growth is stopped, frozen in “ToDo” on my iPad, when I quit sharing and choose to crawl under fear.

I could pull up my big girl panties and play this thought-sharing, world-changing game. In that, I grow.  I give whatever gifts or ideas I was given a chance to play, too. This doesn’t mean to “just deal with it” and walk through fear.  Instead, it makes it a team sport, which, in my view, is much more fun than solitaire.

With gentle permission, we all start showing up, learning that our flavor of crazy is how we identify our position on the team. It translates to enthusiasm and passion.  When I play my position with that energy, I add value to the world.  Then, I feel compelled to invite others to play along.

The “Go big or go home” rule does not apply in my version of this game.  What matters is to show up and play. What I find to offer the world might not have a Steve Jobs type impact on millions.  I’m happy igniting one hungry soul at a time.  Sometimes that soul is me.  It’s the single ignition that keeps the playful game going.

With this, I’m extending to you the invitation to play.  Crawl out from under fear and embrace whatever form of crazy you were gifted.  This team can never be too big.

And in this moment, that is all that matters.

“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

In Truth & With Love,




photo credit:  jonathan mak

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Helen Samson Mullen October 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm

I love this post. Every word. Every sentence. Simple and elegant and deeply powerful.
“What matters is to show up and play.” I, for one, am very thankful for your showing up and playing. Hxo


Jennifer October 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Thank you, dear Helen! And I am grateful for you too. xoxo, JV


Jessica Vazquez October 10, 2011 at 2:53 am

Well my dear… you DID impact my life… In a BIG way… and for that.. I’m so grateful… Forever and always.


Jennifer October 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Oh, Jessica. Thank you! I am forever and always a fan of you. : ) Big cyber hug! JV


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