Because some half-wit / liar will judge me? I don’t cater to that type very well.
I believe in a world where gay people can be gay, nerds can dress up in homemade costumes, and people can speak their mind… We all have a good laugh, we all learn a bit about each other, and it doesn’t interfere with our ability to be successful in whatever we chose to do.
I’m not gay, I’ve only dressed in costume once (Darth Vader when Episode 3 came out), and I don’t really have any crazy beliefs… so I have to be open with my mouth. Sometimes, it’s a joke. Sometimes, I’m being theatrical. Always, I’m trying to open up people’s minds, and I’m not afraid to look weird in the process.
The reason being: if this particular “weirdo” (me) can turn everything he touches in business to gold, then what does that say about the societal norms that we use to judge people? (Prejudge people, really…)
What if this guy who says crazy, honest things can make an impact and change the way we do business? We all win. Every closet-case weirdo can be open about who they are. Every social pariah can be given the chance to give to society in their fullest potential.
Despite my giftedness, I always “fit in” with the “cool” kids, and I was able to make up for my lack of interest in sports with my ability to make people laugh. That was up until my girlfriend became pregnant when I was 16. Then, I finally knew what it felt like to be stared at. I knew what it felt like to be talked about behind my back. I knew how it felt being an outcast.
So, once I finally had enough professional experience being a leader and climbing the corporate ladder… Once I proved myself by running my own store, designing all the systems from scratch and hiring / training every employee… I knew my time had come:
I would be myself (a little eccentric, manic, over-imaginative, and sarcastic as hell) and still be successful in business. I would use myself as a bridge to allow weirdness to step out of the shadows, and I would improve business by throwing out the “norms” that do not work anymore and by bringing in fresh perspectives, home-brewed by the millennials (from watching on the sidelines as the previous generation rips society’s potential to shreds).
We would “break the rules,” while curing society’s future. It’s only a matter of time…