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What's the difference between eccentric and crazy?

I'm a firm believer that weird can pay off. I think uniqueness is a prized human attribute in these times of overpopulation =)

Of course we are all unique - we are after all, each one of us, at the center of the universe, are we not? But some seem to be more unique than others. Taller, shorter, richer, prettier or uglier, more talent, more outspoken, more efficient, by accident or by design, some of us really stand out. But wherever we actually sit on the Bell Curve, we are not alone.




Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for jobs, but pursue careers.

Thing is, during anyone's career, sometimes it gets weird--and getting weird can pay offOver at Forbes, Jason Nazar gets it done.

(Warning: these practices may work for these people, but this writer takes no responsibility for the strangeness that may cause in your life. Although, as a lifelong advocate of eccentricity, I encourage you to try them on.)

  • Argue: to steel your team's beliefs. "In business you can’t turn over the reins to someone who doesn’t know how to defend their own ideas and plans," Nazar writes. Like an ancient Sophist, you should argue with your colleagues about what they are thinking and doing. Debate forces them to articulate their own motivations and assumptions and do the same for you.


  • Confront:You need to be ready to call someone out. If somebody is bullshitting you, tell them. They need to hear it. Being endlessly deferential is a shortcut: instead of doing the hard work of advocating truth, you take the "easy" route of suffocating in passivity. And remember: you can train yourself to communicate better.


  • Be ruthless: It's healthy to have high standards. Nazar mentions George Carlin: he watched the comic master berate himself in rehearsal for missing the timing of his jokes by a few seconds. Mastery is uncompromising. As a magazine editor once told me, you have to be willing to be great, which requires ruthlessness.


  • Seek out rejection: Some people go their entire lives having never thrown or taken a punch (like me). It's just a punch. Some people live their lives afraid of rejection. Getting told "no" isn't the end of everything you hold dear. Neither is being left out. In fact, it's healthy.


What's the one thing you do that makes you highly functional and highly you?

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Nice and useful, I can use some of these suggestions.

Needs to be taken with a grain of salt. I've been doing those five things for years yet I'm not measurably very successful =)

Very successful in what sense Michel? 

For one, I am poor =)

Number 3 says it all for me. Hard for me to understand those who take the easy route by "suffocating in passivity."

Actually they're all pretty damn good. Rejection is something I got very used to while young. Be a salesman for a while and you get over it. =)

Isolation is what I'm practicing now. Validation is the same as being hooked to your drug of choice. It also leads you into the non-confrontational mode; everyone please love me. Easy to please if that's all you want.

That last question I can't answer; I'm barely functional. =)

I'll quote Onyango: "In what sense?"

What's the one thing you do that makes you highly functional and highly you?

I find that a hard question to answer. I'm thinking that intelligence would define the highly functional part of the question for most of us. Anyone can be an automaton doing the same thing every day, that is not highly functional, just  functional.

Intelligence, creativity and your inner drive to use what you have to the best of your ability would seem to be one answer.

I would think that life's experiences would define being "highly you." Everyone has shared and unshared experiences in life, your's makes you you. 

I agree with these suggestions; I've stood out many times like daring to what was not done by a woman in a crowd or in a small group (or saying improper accepted behavioral comments or stands..!)!!!!!!

By the way I'm kind of crazy too....

An interesting list of 5.

Am working at isolation but I know I argue a lot for those positions where almost everyone is likely to disagree such as the question of free will, punishment and justice just to name a few.

Eccentric maybe?

Enter Caveman

So, we don’t know just how worried to be about this thing: the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sent a questionnaire to 106 science teachers in Pennsylvania, and we’re not sure whether we should be a little freaked out that 19% of those responding said they believed in creationism and 13% believed in “intelligent design,” or if we should be sort of reassured that 90% said that they “believe in evolution.” Since the questionnaire allowed multiple responses, the totals come to more than 100%. There’s some overlap in there, probably among people who think evolution was divinely directed (these people are, of course, going straight to Hell). Also, could whoever wrote the questionnaire please, please, please never ever again suggest that science is a matter of “belief,” please? READ MORE »


This fits me.


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