Hat tip to Richard Hunt for sharing this inspirational post. People contact me all the time wanting my opinion of their ideas. They see me as someone who is innovative and successful and they hope to learn a secret to the success. The fact is there is a secret and it is to ignore everybody. This post bellow is so powerful that I felt compelled to share it with you. Whether it is an idea or a change in your lifestyle, only you can know if it is right. You have to ignore everyone else, even family and friends.
I have taken the liberty to cut out some things that you might want to read so you can always go the links to get the whole story.
Only you know what’s right for you, so ignore everybody else. This includes family, friends and the smartest guru in town.
Most of us are unknowingly trained to NOT trust in our own judgment. Our parents made decisions for us, our teachers told us how things should be done, and society has its own rules on what is right and wrong.
After being beat down by authority for years on end, many people just become one of the sheep. They follow the status quo. It’s easier that way.
The wolfs, also known as the stubborn trouble makers (I was one) tend to have their own ideas of how things should be. They stand away from the crowd, make waves and piss a lot of people off. But they also find great happiness, because they follow their own dreams and make their own plans. Their lives tend to end up just the way they want them to.
Wolfs trust in their own desires. They lean towards the professions that they were meant (made) to do. Wolfs are the innovators, the inventors and artists and writers. They ignore everybody. They have to or they’d never get things done.
There’s a price for ignoring everybody: You’ll become the lonely wolf, separated from the bored sheeples.
But there’s great payment that you’ll receive for trusting in yourself: Success, happiness and sometimes a lot of money. And you’ll get in the habit of tapping into your intuition, your own brain and your passions, which will lead to more success.
Making sense of modern life, Hugh MacLeod’s cartoon drawings on the back of business cards get to the heart of the truth. Hugh’s art is simple and often delightfully offensive.
Though his artwork has not been recognized by the New York art gallery mafia (his term), he’s captured the hearts of millions of people with his art and his Best Selling Book IGNORE EVERYBODY.
I’m glad to say that his success has made a mockery of every person who told him that drawing on the back of business cards is meaningless.
Hugh’s book, IGNORE EVERYBODY, will inspire you to be more like a Wolf than a Sheep. And the world needs less sheep.
Here’s a (shortened) excerpt from the first chapter of IGNORE EVERYBODY:
1. Ignore everybody.
The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you. When I first started with the cartoon-on-back-of-bizcard format, people thought I was nuts…
You don’t know if your idea is any good the moment it’s created. Neither does anyone else. The most you can hope for is a strong gut feeling that it is. And trusting your feelings is not as easy as the optimists say it is. There’s a reason why feelings scare us.
And asking close friends never works quite as well as you hope, either. It’s not that they deliberately want to be unhelpful. It’s just they don’t know your world one millionth as well as you know your world, no matter how hard they try, no matter how hard you try to explain…
…Good ideas come with a heavy burden. Which is why so few people have them. So few people can handle it.
If you’re going to get anywhere with your crazy, ass-backwards ideas, you really have to just do things your own way. That means not caring what anyone else says, and if you do care, ignore them anyway.
This is hard for many humans to digest. Most people worry incessantly about what others think, and they sadly make their decisions based upon the opinions of losers who haven’t achieved anything for themselves.
Don’t be a SHEEPLE! (Sheeples follow the herd in a group-think mentality. Sheeples will make a decision, then change their minds once they hear from other sheeple that their idea is stupid. They can’t think for themselves.)
You don’t need confirmation from anyone else that you are doing the right thing.
THE PROBLEM WITH ASKING FOR CONFIRMATION THAT YOUR IDEA IS GOOD
Nobody really KNOWS if it’s good. If Hugh MacLeod would have taken heart to those who laughed off his cartoons on the back of business cards, he wouldn’t be the artist-success story that he is now.
I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S GOOD. Often, I’ll have artists ask me to look at their artwork and tell them if they have a chance to succeed with it. Even if I think their art looks like a fourth grader painted it, I won’t tell them. Because how do I know if it’s going to make it or not?
I’m not going to crush a dream. When an artist asks if they stand a chance with their art, my standard answer is “It doesn’t matter what I think. The only thing that matters is how far you want to take it. It’s your choice.”
The main driving force for success isn’t just the greatness of the idea or the level of talent, it’s the PASSION and COMMITMENT and the TIME YOU PUT INTO IT. None of the other stuff matters as much. And no-one’s opinion matters. Except your own.
IT’S LONELY AT THE TOP: THE PRICE OF BEING A WOLF
It’s not all that lonely at the top. The only lonely part is that you alone have to make decisions for yourself. And that can be scary, but also liberating, because being fully responsible for your own success allows you to have more control over your own life. You get used to having that control with practice.
Often I dream of finding a wise person who can tell me what my next move should be. It’s very difficult cutting a new path with very little advice from others. But that wise person doesn’t exist, so I’ve become used to trusting in myself.
Lonely Wolf - Sir Richard Branson
The founder of Virgin Atlantic, Richard Branson, is a wolf. But he doesn’t look very lonely. And trust me, he’s taken his share of criticism and crap from people over the years. He doesn’t let it stop him – he’s always having fun, embracing life, and laughing at the naysayers.
But Toby Myers is bored. He’s at home doing the same ‘ol same ‘ol. Every now and again he comes up with a brilliant idea and runs it by at least 14 friends, 12 of which shut it down. And so he goes back to watching T.V. and resigns himself to the will of the Sheeples. (What, you’ve never heard of Toby Myers?!)
Ironically, Hugh MacLeod’s art will not be taken seriously by the Art World anytime soon. Most critics and professionals aren’t able to recognize the brilliance of new art forms until at least a decade or two after everyone else gets it. Andy Warhol is a great example of this fact.
That’s why it’s a good thing that Hugh has decided to Ignore Everybody. Because that’s what it takes to get your nutty idea from no-where to somewhere. You can’t buy into what everyone else is doing. Sheeples don’t know what’s cool, they only know what everyone else thinks is cool.