The New Style is yesterday’s ‘weird‘
The new style is yesterday’s weird … let me elaborate as I story-tell …
I played and excelled at many sports but chose the sport of Bodybuilding or Physique Artistry, just like the greatest Bodybuilder, Arnold Schwarzenegger. I thought he was weird (abnormal compared to the majority of people). People thought I was weird because of my sport choice Almost 30 years ago now. They thought that – “once-upon-a-time” but not anymore.
Everyone knows who the most famous bodybuilder of all time is – Governor, movie A-lister, Humanitarian and great-all-round human, Mr Arnold Schwarzennegger. Now, over 250,000+ people flock to the Arnold Sports, USA Festival every year and, this is all over the world., even one here in Melbourne, Australia.
We’ve been in a Fitness revolution and every “Tom, Dick & Harry” wants to be bodybuilder. It no longer is weird to go the the gym and lift Weights ♂ and train to look your best.
Funny how definitions of weird changes over time.
Weird could be “insanity” or ‘vision’
Very religious and spiritual people could be considered “weird” by many too. Someone driven to achieve an IMpossible goal because he/she has a dream but no one else “sees” it , but them. Weird could be insanity or vision. For example, if an entrepreneur has an idea and …. Succeeds, people say he/she is a visionary, but if it doesn’t, they say the person was insane (& so weird).
Genuine Leaders/Great Leaders & Champions of industry & different areas of life fall into this category. They create & innovate … bring about or manifest into the physical reality.
They SEE “what CAN BE”, instead of just “what IS”. This could be considered wierd by some who can’t visualise or even try to simulate possibilities.
The list of what is “weird “ and what isn’t could go on forever. We can just agree to disagree, as it seems it is a matter of opinion anyway.
I think whether you think you’re weird or not, does not really matter. There will always be people who would disagree with you. What’s most important is that being “wierd” is a key part of being a Leader. Yes, almost all great Leaders share many common traits, one of which of being weird.
Weird or not, ALL Leaders need to have “common sense” and not get caught up on whether or not you or people think your weird.
Many people are scared of what other people would think of them.
Many people are scared of what other people would think of them, instead of ‘fear of failure‘ as many believe. I never have, thanks to my grandmother who raised me. She would ask me when I hesitated because “other people were watching” and say –
“Do they feed you?”
I would reply – “no”
“Do they clothe you?” She would ask
And I would say “no”
Then, she would say – “then don’t worry about it … now go Out there and put on a performance they won’t forget!”
And I would. I’ve had her voice in my head all my life. Has never failed me … I don’t suffer from “nerves” like many people do. Now, this could be considered weird.
Common sense isn’t ‘common’ anymore
Real Leaders simply have common sense . One of the main reasons I say this is that , as a human being – YOU, me & everyone … we can agree that the ONLY thing that we’ve got going for ourselves is –
- the ability to reason
- your common sense
What I mean is that if you don’t know a “dip of horse sh%t “ from a “dip of vanilla ice-cream”, you’ll NEVER MAKE IT as a Leader.
Whether you’re weird or not. That is a cold but hard fact! It seems common sense isn’t common anymore.
The hardest thing to do is also the “weirdest “ thing to do: to just be “you”. But, this could be the greatest thing you may ever accomplish in your life …
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson-
This, ultimately, takes courage. Do you have “what it takes?” To be weird. It brings you closer to love . Being truly “you” and not an imitation of someone else … may be weird , but that also means that you have tonnes of courage (unlike many, who speak it but don’t actually DO it).
But having courage is the beginning and foundation or everything you will and can achieve in life … that is work h achieving.
“You cannot be truthful if you are not courageous. You cannot be loving if you are not courageous. You cannot be trusting if you are not courageous. You cannot inquire into reality if you are not courageous. Hence courage comes first and everything else follows.”
So I say be courageous… be weird but ultimately, be YOU. However, that opens up another question – Do you know ‘YOU?”
I mean if Scientists agree that despite having come a long way with advances in Science & Technology and the world around us but still think ‘who we are (our minds), is a baffling mystery. Question remains: Who are you?
Cheers to being weird!! & Cheers from Sunny Sydney, Australia
Best of Vitality to you tribe members.
Yours in iron, pockets of thought-energy & muscles ,
Paul e Valentine
**Personal Life & Lifestyle Doctor**
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