RICH is my word for someone who can afford to make choices, who has enough resources to do more than merely survive.
The key element of being weird is this: you insist on making a choice.
You need to be rich to be weird. Not Rockefeller rich, of course, but rich enough to not worry about surviving. Rich enough to care about choice.
Artists, performers and geniuses of all kinds can post their work online, see how others improve it, and then raise their game in return.
Our bias is to the many. To please the many. To sell to the many. To be organized to serve the many.
If you cater to the normal, you will disappoint the weird. And as the world gets weirder, that’s a dumb strategy.
Ten minutes on Boing Boing reminds me that the world is changing, moving, and getting weirder. It eggs me on. Ten minutes of ESPN puts me to sleep.
My proposed solution is simple: don’t waste a lot of time and money pushing kids in directions they don’t want to go. Instead, find out what weirdness they excel at and encourage them to do that. Then get out of the way.
In fact, Ronald Ingleheart and other researchers report that the ability to be weird, the freedom to make choices, and the ability to be heard are the factors most highly correlated with
It’s human nature to be weird, but also human to be lonely. This conflict between fitting in and standing out is at the core of who we are.
The challenge of your future is to do productive and useful work for and by and with the tribe that cares about you. To find and assemble the tribe, to earn their trust, to take them where they want and need to go.