When I was in high school, I was told that I was “weird.” Whatever that means. I wasn’t one of the popular kids. But I didn’t really want to be one of the popular kids. I noticed that it’s a superficial social label. The popular kids were athletic, attractive, and too cool for the weirdos. I only played one out of the five available sports, I wasn’t exactly the most attractive dude, and I loved to read about all kinds of things, including physics, astronomy, and alternative energy instead of following the current trends of Western pop culture. According to The Oatmeal, if your exterior is beautiful, you don’t really have to work on your interior, because people will flock to you just because you look beautiful on the outside. That’s how one-night-stands happen. The weird ones, however, focus much of their energy on building their personality, character, world view, and intellect instead of learning how to put on makeup like Michelle Phan or visiting the gym eight days a week.
I’m currently reading Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, where he wrote this masterpiece of a statement:
There’s nothing more creative or destructive than a brilliant mind with a purpose.
Like Hitler for destruction, or Mark Zuckerberg for creativity. A brilliant mind is usually found in the head of a weird person. A normal person goes through life wanting to avoid as much bad stuff as possible. Just get to work on time, do your job, and don’t start a war. Peace and love, yo. Honestly, if people don’t want you dead, then you’re doing something wrong. Either that, or you aren’t doing anything at all. A weird person actively pursues trouble. That’s what makes them weird.
“Hey, what if I created a website where you can rate the hotness of Harvard females?”
“Mark, what the hell, man.”
We all want to be leaders of some sort. CEOs, presidents, metaphorical as well as literal kings and queens, youth pastors, social reformers, and so on. But hey, if you don’t stick out of the crowd, how will you lead the crowd? If you aren’t looking to fight the opposition, whatever it might be, then you might as well bask in the voidable glory of impartiality. The creative, strange, out-of-the-box characters are the ones who are capable of flipping the world on its head because they’re weird enough to want to do that. People who say, “There’s nothing wrong with this world, so why change it?” are also the ones who watch bowling on television.
Usually when I talk to people about revolutionizing the education system or the global economy or the media, then almost all of them usually ask me this simple question:
And I usually give them this simple response:
Yeah, why not? Well, mainly because the world needs to change if we want to avoid a worldwide socio-economic apocalypse, but also because if the weird ones don’t do it, there are two options: either nobody will, or the normal people will attempt to… and fail miserably. Regulated bureaucracy and by-the-book protocol are the death of innovative creativity. If you want to learn how to reinvent the global economy, don’t go to an economics professor or attend a G8 Summit. Instead, go to an accountant who works for the Mafia. They’ll tell you exactly how to do it. Many world changers live on the fringes of society, not in the politically-correct center of it. You heard me, Mr. President.