We are programmed at a very young age to think and act a certain way. Let me give you an example: If you ask a two or three year old child to draw you a picture of a tree, you will get a tree of all different colors – pink, purple, blue, orange. Now if you ask that same child at the age of nine or ten to draw you a picture of a tree, you will get a tree with a brown trunk and green leaves. Why? Because we program our children to behave in certain accepted ways.
If I had to sum up my life in one word, it would be insanity. Yes, INSANITY. Anything else in life is just normal. ‘Insane’ doesn’t have to be a bad word. We’ve been programmed throughout our lives to think ‘insanity’ is a bad thing, but ‘insane’ just means you think different…act different. And in reality, that’s what we should all strive for.
Not buying it? Let me give you a few more examples:
In 1985, Steve Jobs was fired from Apple, the company he co-founded. His board of directors had lost confidence in him. Boy, were they wrong: Steve Jobs was brought back to Apple in 1996; he has an estimated net worth of $6 billion.
When Richard Branson started Virgin, several banks refused to back him because they believed a company with a name like ‘virgin’ would never make it. Boy, were they wrong: Virgin is now made up of over 400 companies, and Richard Branson has an estimated net worth of $4 billion.
Many people said Henry Ford would never be successful because there wasn’t enough demand for automobiles. Boy, were they wrong: Henry Ford’s Model T and assembly line revolutionized American society.
Mark Zuckerberg was turned down by traditional banks when he went to them to borrow money to start Facebook. Boy, were they wrong: Just last week, Goldman Sachs put a $50 billion valuation on Facebook, and Mark Zuckerberg was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2010.
People say great minds think alike. Not true. The more differently you think, the more unique you will end up being.
Jordanism: Don’t be an imitator. Be an originator.
None of these guys would be where they are today if they had operated under normalcy. Everyone always told them what they couldn’t do – no one told them what they could do. They wouldn’t have been able to achieve everything they achieved if they had thought or acted the way in which they were programmed. Instead, they refused. They refused to be normal. They dared to be different, eccentric, unpredictable. In a word, INSANE.
Jordanism: If you want insane success, you have to be a bit insane.
There’s a thin line between brilliance and insanity. So I say go for it. If you’re going to err, err on the side of insanity. At least that way you can say you gave it your all. Do not allow yourself to be programmed. Because on the flip side, the potential for insane success is huge. Isn’t now your time?