Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 85 comments

Don't wait for the world to change. Fix it.

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“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs

 

 

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Cricket June 21, 2009 at 2:27 am

Hey there Lance. I guess this might just be me! I am up at 2:22 AM trying to make the day last! Trying to get it all done in spite of what the world is telling me.

I am a MAC user so this comment by Steve Jobs is very fitting. He is a brilliant man.

What a great quote to keep me motivated through the night! Wishing you a happy Sunday!
.-= Cricket´s Last Fabulous Post ..Simple Things… =-.

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Barbara Swafford June 21, 2009 at 3:59 am

Happy Father’s Day, Lance.

I love the part of the quote where Steve Jobs says, “…the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Isn’t that the truth? If we believe, anything is possible.

What a great way to start the week. Thank you, Lance.
.-= Barbara Swafford´s Last Fabulous Post ..When The Conversation Moves Off Of Your Blog =-.

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Miz June 21, 2009 at 5:17 am

*squints* does that say here’s to the MIZFITS? 🙂

have a great day and week lance.

you KNOW how I love to kick mine off here.

and

HAPPPPY FATHERS DAY!!
.-= Miz´s Last Fabulous Post ..Writer Dad (giveaway post). =-.

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Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord June 21, 2009 at 5:46 am

I enjoy Steve Jobs for what he’s helped our world accomplish in terms of convenience (another Mac user coming your way!). I’m also laughing at this comment because two nights ago a friend of mine said our former coworker commented that I’m a little strange… I guess the fact that I quit a high-paying corporate job in a “bad economy” and love life more every day was enough to make him question my sanity. Well, that and the fact that I’m spending my days chasing down spiritual rainbows!

Brilliant quote. Thanks for sharing it!
.-= Megan “JoyGirl!” Bord´s Last Fabulous Post ..Wisdom of the Sages (Tao Te Ching) =-.

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LisaNewton June 21, 2009 at 5:58 am

I don’t think I’m out to change the world, but maybe I can change a little bit about how people look at LA. Oh, just like every other city, we have our bad points, but to most of the world, those bad points out weigh the good ones.

Not in my book. 🙂

So, I might not be changing the world, but I think I’m changing a little of my part of the world.

Happy Father’s Day, Lance!!
.-= LisaNewton´s Last Fabulous Post ..Discover your Inner Child at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum =-.

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Jannie Funster June 21, 2009 at 6:04 am

How true! So many great examples of these misfits, Steve Jobs included, come to mind — Aristotle, Galileo, Einstein, Beethoven, Picasso. And the list goes on an on. Where would we be without all these amazing “weirdoes?”

And Happy Fathers’ Day!
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..Funny SEO Keywords, 3 =-.

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Betsy Wuebker June 21, 2009 at 6:06 am

Hi Lance – Happy Father’s Day! What an appropriate selection in light of the tremendous upheaval on the streets of Iran. I’d like to remind everyone to stop for a few moments and pray for these brave souls. Thank you, Lance, very inspiring.
.-= Betsy Wuebker´s Last Fabulous Post ..ON BOB AND MARY’S 80TH BIRTHDAY IN GALENA =-.

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Yum Yucky June 21, 2009 at 6:16 am

You just described my husband! Thank you for justifying is…..um, unique personality! Ahhhh. I feel better now.

Dads Rock! Especially today. Have a Happy one!
.-= Yum Yucky´s Last Fabulous Post ..Taste Test: Edy’s Tart Honey Yogurt Blend =-.

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Adrenalynn June 21, 2009 at 6:22 am

Happy Father’s day! And thanks for this great quote to start off a new week!
.-= Adrenalynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..I’m not even going to try to come up with a title for this. =-.

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Stephen - Rat Race Trap June 21, 2009 at 6:29 am

Morning Lance!

I LOVE this quote by Steve Jobs. I couldn’t agree more with the insight contained in that quote. The common in anything doesn’t do anything. One piece of advice I regularly give people is to be different, to be crazy, to be odd, to go for it. You won’t be noticed if you aren’t different. I think that is the them to everything Seth Godin writes.
.-= Stephen – Rat Race Trap´s Last Fabulous Post ..Don’t Be Offended =-.

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miruspeg June 21, 2009 at 6:34 am

One of the best quotes I’ve ever read Lance.
Best, because it’s so near to the truth, so close to the bone that it beats with primitive arterial truth.
All the best my friend.
Peggy

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Stacey Shipman June 21, 2009 at 6:54 am

Happy Father’s Day, Lance!

I do act in a save the world way and that’s what frustrates me. I forget my baby steps! I have my hands in many things and some people around me have said “you’re everywhere…everything you do stresses me out.” It hurt for a moment until I realized, hey, at least I’m doing something!

Good one today, Lance. Enjoy this Sunday.

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Tess The Bold Life June 21, 2009 at 6:55 am

One of my favorite quotes. There are those who talk about how the world needs to change and there are those making a difference and doing it daily. One thing I’ve learned is the smallest changes can have the biggest impact.

No single act will go unnoticed and each single act to change the world will help reach the tipping point. It’s great to know our blogging community is out on the cutting edge of being the change we wish to see. Rock on Lance and Happy Father’s Day! That is today isn’t it?
.-= Tess The Bold Life´s Last Fabulous Post ..I Got Inspired at Tybee Island =-.

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Natalia Burleson June 21, 2009 at 7:09 am

Great quote Lance! I admire people that dare to be different and that have a voice and speak out.

I hope that you have a great day!!

Natalia
.-= Natalia Burleson´s Last Fabulous Post ..Without trying there will be no chance of failure…..or success! =-.

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Positively Present June 21, 2009 at 9:05 am

Love this quote! 🙂
.-= Positively Present´s Last Fabulous Post ..blueprints for a life: 10 lessons my dad taught me =-.

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Erin Prais-Hintz June 21, 2009 at 9:23 am

Happy Father’s day to you Lance! I love this thought….the one’s who make a difference are the ones who question the rules and see things as they can be. I hope that I am one of those difference-makers. One of my favorite quotes is from T.A. Edison, “There is a way to do it better. Find it.” Thanks for the inspiration today! Enjoy the day! Erin

P.S. I have something that is coming your way next week. Email me if you want to see a sneak peek…or wait for the mail if you want to be surprised!

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Nadia - Happy Lotus June 21, 2009 at 9:30 am

Hi Lance,

Happy Father’s Day to you! May you have an awesome day.

I love Steve Jobs, not only because he has created such cool gadgets but he also seems to be the kind of guy who is in tune with looking at life from an angle that is uncommon. As someone who has spent a good portion of her life being viewed as odd and rebellious, this quote speaks to my heart. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us. 🙂
.-= Nadia – Happy Lotus´s Last Fabulous Post ..Happy News (June 21, 2009) =-.

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Evita June 21, 2009 at 9:41 am

Hi Lance and first off Happy Father’s Day to you – hopefully you feel wonderful in that role everyday but even extra special today 🙂

Great quote and from Steve Jobs too – I really like what he and his whole company stand for, so I really identify with what he says. I think you know by now that I am not exactly a mainstream thinker or follower in most areas of life and I have to say, I like it 🙂 In no sense would I call myself a rebel, but I like the ideas of breaking out of the norm.

Well enjoy your day 🙂
.-= Evita´s Last Fabulous Post ..When Words Are Not Enough – Simply Allow =-.

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suzen June 21, 2009 at 10:38 am

YAY Lance – and Steve! Wonderful quote! I celebrate thinking out of the box, coloring outside the lines, and taking the leap like it’s a religion! Add to this quote Nike’s JUST DO IT and how can people whine there is nothing inspiring to be found in their lives? Steve and all mentioned (plus more) are my heros.

I’ve been called crazy, misunderstood and plain out wrong about things, according to others. Though I’m not on a famous level, I’m still delighted with the concept of being outrageously “unique”. I don’t have the need to be right and that is SO liberating. It doesn’t matter to me what people think (of me or what I say/do) as long as they are at least considering the possibilities, stimulating new thoughts, or engaging in SOMEthing.

Still crazy after all these years…………(great song)
suZen
.-= suzen´s Last Fabulous Post ..Coffee Anyone? Relax and Listen to this Video! =-.

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Debbie June 21, 2009 at 11:29 am

I love this!! Happy Fathers’ Day!!

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Srinivas Rao June 21, 2009 at 11:48 am

I love this quote. I’m sure most of my friends and family think I’m out of my mind, so I love seeing things like this. I had a friend once who told me “People only think you are crazy until what you are doing works, then you are a genius.”
.-= Srinivas Rao´s Last Fabulous Post ..Book Review: Outliers by Malcom Gladwell =-.

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Davina June 21, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Hi Lance. Happy Father’s Day! Now I find myself singing a couple of lines from Eric Clapton’s song Change the World “…That I can change the world… I would be the sunlight in your universe…” Love the quote you chose today.
.-= Davina´s Last Fabulous Post ..Heads Up — Beware of Crows! =-.

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Patricia - Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker June 21, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Lance, Happy Father’s Day. I know you are enjoying being with your children as they celebrate your day. Steve is a wise man. It is those of us who choose to be different, who stand out from the crowd, who change the world with our actions. We can each help to change the world one person at a time, starting with ourselves. If you don’t like something about yourself, change it and you have made a change in the world.
.-= Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker´s Last Fabulous Post ..Revisiting Forgiveness =-.

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Lynn June 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Where would we be without the ones who see things differently? Thank you for the wonderful, insightful quote today, Lance. And I wish you a Happy Fathers Day as well. 🙂
.-= Lynn´s Last Fabulous Post ..Other, multi-tasking and sitting in the sunshine =-.

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Laurie June 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Happy Father’s Day Lance!
I have always been a round peg. While it has gotten me into trouble some over the years, it is who I am and now I embrace it and push the limits of it. I find that by doing so I am being true to myself and feel much more joy in life. I don’t know about how much I change the world but maybe I can or have touched my little intersection.

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Hilary June 21, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Happy Father’s Day everyone .. be different, treat the world with respect, love life, make everyone happy, think about others, step out of the box = and change the world just by being here.

Great quote .. and I love the picture ..

Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Sami - Life, Laughs & Lemmings June 21, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Woohoo Lance! A quote about us!!
.-= Sami – Life, Laughs & Lemmings´s Last Fabulous Post ..Friday Question – A Famous Visitor =-.

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Nathalie Lussier June 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm

I absolutely adore this quote Lance!! I think FreakRevolution.com definitely falls under this category of people who are going to change the world, because they’re a little weird. 🙂 I joined a few weeks ago, and I can definitely attest to this powerful force of crazy world changingness.

Happy Fathers day Lance. We love you! 😀

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Lance June 21, 2009 at 6:35 pm

@Cricket – Hey Tammy! Yep, I’m saying you ARE a bit crazy! Get some sleep (it’s usually someone telling me that – so really, I appreciate this – it means I’m not the only one with crazy sleep patterns!). Crazy, you are…in a very great way. Keep changing the world Tammy…

@Barbara – Hi Barbara. Thank you! That sure is the truth…even if what we’re doing seems crazy or odd, if we BELIEVE – then it CAN be…and we can change the world, even if it’s a small thing – it’s us really listening and believing in ourselves. That’s pretty great!

@Miz – You know, Carla, I couldn’t help but think of you when I was getting this one ready…specifically for the “mi{z}fits” part. And you live up to it – so here’s to you, for making the positive impact that you are! Mizfit…amazing and awesome!! And thanks much for the father’s day wishes…

@Megan – I’m surrounded by Mac’s – yikes!! (can you tell I’m not a convert yet…)(maybe someday…). Strange? By typical standards, yes you probably are. What do I think? I think this is completely awesome that you’re out there loving life and chasing spiritual rainbows (I love that!)!! Keep on being “strange”!

@LisaNewton – Hi Lisa. So maybe a better way to say this would be to change a part of our world. Because I think that we may not all make great big global changes, but we all can make small changes that have a positive impact in our part of the world. And who knows what that can grow to. And even if it just stays as a small change in your part of the world, think of the positive impacts it’s having right there – so worth it! You do make LA shine, Lisa! What a gift you’re sharing! And thanks much for the Father’s Day wishes!

@Jannie – Hey Jannie. Hey, I think you’re one of them there “weirdos” too! I think I’ve seen a shirt from your neck of the woods that fits this all so well… Thank you Jannie!

@Betsy – Hi Betsy. Thank you! Yes, thanks for pointing out what’s happening in one part of our world, and how difficult this situation is. They are included in my prayers…

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Lance June 21, 2009 at 6:35 pm

@Yum Yucky – Hey Josie. So, your husband…he’s a bit crazy??? (oh…sorry, I meant “unique”). Hey, he married you, what does that say? I know…if he’s crazy in this great sort of way, then being with you makes you way awesome too! “Dads rock!” – I love it!! Thanks Josie!

@Adrenalynn – Hi Adrenalynn. Thank you!! And thanks for stopping in today, it’s always great to have you here.

@Stephen – Hi Stephen. Great point. Do we want to be noticed? Perhaps not always. Yet, on some level, I think we all do. And that means we have to listen to that inner voice…even when it feels like we’re putting ourselves “out there”. Seth Godin is onto something, for sure, in all his writings…and it sure does fit well with this concept.

@Miruspeg – Hi Peggy. I agree, this one speaks volumes!

@Stacey Shipman – Hi Stacey. Thank you! You’re on the right path, my friend. What you’re doing is very very cool and awesome and awe-inspiring! Keep doing that. Will it all work out? I don’t think it matters, as long as you’re out there, being a little bit “on the edge”, and really living your life. I always appreciate your perspective… Enjoy your Sunday too!

@Tess – Hi Tess. I love this point you’re making – about small changes having a big impact. What we do doesn’t have to be “save the world”-sized. It can be small changes, close to home, where we can have the biggest impact. I think of making some sort of impact in one person’s life…how profoundly great this can be – and yet it’s only one person. Just think, though, where that might lead this one person…pretty amazing thought! There are some pretty amazing people out here in the blog world, and being able to interact with them (with you!) is one way to stay “crazy”. Thanks much Tess!!

@Natalia – Hi Natalia. We may say that a person seems crazy, while inside we might be thinking that they are pretty daring, and alive – living what they believe! Some people may be on the fringe, but it’s still something to admire – them really going after something they believe in. Today has been great, Natalia – a nice relaxing day…thanks much!

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Lance June 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm

@Positively Present – Thanks much Dani!

@Erin – Hi Erin. Thank you! Here’s to questioning the rules, and to living life in belief of what can be! Are you one of those? I’m sure you are, Erin! You’re doing some pretty amazing things! And thanks for sharing the Edison quote – how true. We can always find a better way…

@Nadia – Hi Nadia. Thanks so much! Steve Jobs really has done some amazing things, and I really believe it’s because he is a bit crazy, and has “colored outside the lines”. Being thought of as odd or rebellious may not always have been easy. The truth is, though, that I can think of no better way to live – than being truly who we are meant to be. And that will be odd, because we’ll be like no one else. Nadia, you are amazing just the way you are – odd in such great great ways! Keep on being the “you” who listens so closely to her heart…

@Evita – Hi Evita. Thank you! Being a father is a role I very much enjoy, and today, especially, I remember just how important this role is that I play in my children’s lives. Yes, I know you’re not mainstream…and that’s what I love about you – you are “you”, very deeply. And that really evokes in me what can be, and causes me to think more deeply myself, from within. Evita, keep on being the amazing soul you are…I love the direction you’re taking your life in! You are changing the world!

@Suzen – Hi Suzen. Outrageously unique – I LOVE that!! What a great term to celebrate being “you”! And you’re right, it’s not about getting it right all the time. It’s about challenging yourself and others in what might be. I’m cheering you on as you think outside of that box and color outside of those lines! Keep doing this Suzen – it is so refreshing! And it’s so great to have you here, and sharing these words – I find everything you’re saying to be so uplifting!

@Debbie – Thanks much Debbie!

@Srinivas – Hi Srinivas. And let them keep thinking that you’re a bit crazy. One day…they’ll look at you with envy, at what you’ve done and where it’s taken you! Genius is only one breakthrough away from crazy…

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Lance June 21, 2009 at 6:37 pm

@Davina – Hi Davina. Thank you! Keep on singing Davina! Glad to hear you enjoyed this one…I really did too!

@Patricia/Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker – Hi Patricia. Thank you! This is good stuff! Starting with ourselves…how important. Before we can change the world (or the world around us) we first must be willing to change ourselves. The thing is, somewhere in this whole process, we grow too, along the way. And that’s the awesome part, is that as we make changes in our world, we’re also changing the people that we are…one small step at a time.

@Lynn – Hi Lynn. If people did not have the wherewithall to see things differently…we would be not nearly as advanced as we are today. I love that thought, Lynn! And thanks much for the Father’s Day wishes!

@Laurie – Hi Laurie. Thank you! The world is full of square holes…and you being a round peg is the best thing that can happen to these holes! Doesn’t mean it’s always going to go as planned. That’s okay…in the long run, being true to ourselves (and in the process making changes to the world around us) – this is so much more important. And even just touching your little intersection (which I know you’ve done much more than that) – this can still have a very big impact…as those who have been impacted by you go out and do their own great things because of something you’ve done or said. And that’s a really amazing thought!

@Hilary – Hi Hilary. Thank you! The picture was much harder for this post than I anticipated. Until I came across this one, I just wasn’t finding exactly what I was looking for. So, it’s good to hear you liked it! And yes, we all are changing the world by our being here. What kind of changes are we making? Good, bad, indifferent? Here’s to being a bit crazy and making many positivy impacts in our world!

@Sami – Hi Sami. Woohoo – YES…this is US!! We are crazy!! You are. I am. In fact, this place here today is full of crazies! Keep being your crazy self, my friend… You are amazing!!

@Nathalie – Hi Nathalie. Okay, I’m going over to check out FreakRevolution.com – you’ve piqued my interest! Big time!! Nathalie, I’ve always admired what you’ve been doing…crazy and weird…sure. That’s in some very amazing ways, though. I love it all!! And…aww, thanks. You’re very sweet, thank you!!

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Vered - MomGrind June 21, 2009 at 6:54 pm

It’s true: it’s a very fine line between the crazy and the genius. Living in the Silicon Valley, I’m surrounded by genius geeks, and I love it. 🙂
.-= Vered – MomGrind´s Last Fabulous Post ..Friday Links =-.

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Karl Staib - Work Happy Now June 21, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I hope that some day I fall under this category. I really want to change the working world. Or at least help do it. I needed this quote. You are awesome.
.-= Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s Last Fabulous Post ..What is Your Perfect Work Schedule? =-.

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Audra Krell June 21, 2009 at 9:38 pm

You are obviously, always divinely inspired. How else would you always pick the perfect quote for so many people? Love the picture too!
Let us go out swinging and changing the world Lance!
.-= Audra Krell´s Last Fabulous Post ..Secondhand Jesus =-.

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Miguel de Luis June 22, 2009 at 12:26 am

You know, I know I am not part of the genius, but I hope neither to be part of the crazy while I try to make a few changes to the world 🙂
.-= Miguel de Luis´s Last Fabulous Post ..Haiku del Jueves: Entusiasmo =-.

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Mindful Mimi June 22, 2009 at 3:27 am

Very true indeed Lance. I find Steve Jobs inspiring and try to think in the same creative ways. Thanks for triggering these thoughts.
.-= Mindful Mimi´s Last Fabulous Post ..Sunday laugh =-.

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Hilda June 22, 2009 at 5:01 am

Love it, love it, love it!!! Right now I definitely identify with the misfit bit. And some day I WILL also identify with the changing the world bit too 😉

Belated Happy Father’s Day Lance, hope it was a good one.
.-= Hilda´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Game of Life June 09 =-.

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Mama Zen June 22, 2009 at 8:50 am

Amen!

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Tabitha@ichoosebliss June 22, 2009 at 9:22 am

All I can do is smile…Big Time!!

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Jodi at Joy Discovered June 22, 2009 at 10:06 am

I love geniuses and the changes they make. Without them, I don’t know if our lives would be half as fascinating! Thanks for sharing this quote!
.-= Jodi at Joy Discovered´s Last Fabulous Post ..Advice for the Graduate: Part Two =-.

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John Hoff - WpBlogHost June 22, 2009 at 10:50 am

Hi Lance.

Great quote. I like, “Here’s to the crazy ones”. hehehe

That speaks volumes.
.-= John Hoff – WpBlogHost´s Last Fabulous Post ..WpBlogHost Domain, Blog Security, & Hosting Promotions – Get’em While Their Hot =-.

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Jenny Mannion June 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Hi Lance,
Oh this quote SPEAKS to me! I love Steve Jobs and totally relate to this quote!

When I began my journey of telling people about alternative medicine I DID care too much about the nay-sayers but that has gone. I am pushing forward and the more I ignored the nay sayers the more they disappeared. 🙂 I DO want to change the world and it is beautiful to see so many other people that want the same thing and that are finding their own Divine gifts and are taking action to do it.

I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day Lance. Thank you for this! Lots of changes and opportunities are presenting themselves to me now and this quote should be up in front of me to KEEP me jazzed about all that’s going on in those times when I feel overwhelmed! 😉

With love and gratitude, Jenny
.-= Jenny Mannion´s Last Fabulous Post ..Distance Healing =-.

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Lance June 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm

@Vered – Hi Vered. Silicon Valley has to be quite a place to live, and to be surrounded by crazy…where crazy is really the norm! Very cool!

@Karl – Hi Karl. You are…changing the world. Maybe it doesn’t seem like it yet, although you’re laying the foundation for what is to come. And you’re “DOING”…an important step in taking crazy to genius. Keep on rocking this world, Karl!

@Audra – Hi Audra. Thank you, very deeply – this really means a lot to me. I think that these are thoughts that many times we can relate to – and while we’re all not at the same place in life – many are on a path toward greater enlightenment in their lives. Many times, these shared quotes really help to bring focus upon a particular area of that enlightenment. Audra, thanks so much for being here – you’re always a ray of light in my life. And I’m with you…we’re on our way out right now…to change the world!

@Miguel – We all can make positive changes in the world. Even if we don’t think we fall on the crazy side, or on the genius side – we can all do remarkable things. Keep doing that Miguel!

@Mimi – Hi Mimi. Steve Jobs is very inspiring…and he fits this quote so well! And you do to, my friend. Mimi, I know you are doing some things that are awe-inspiring to me – genius in the works no doubt!

@Hilda – Hi Hilda. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Being a misfit…I’m there with you. And it’s all good. Hilda, keep being this way, don’t change you. And in doing that, you ARE changing the world, into a better place for all of us!

@Mama Zen – Thank you!

@Tabitha – And I’m smiling right back at you, Tabitha. Great stuff…and it’s you for sure. I know it is! Keep at it…you are doing some wonderful things!

@Jodi – Hi Jodi. Genius…it’s there within all of us. We just have to listen to our heart…and let it out. Thanks for being here today Jodi.

@John Hoff – Hi John. Most definitely…here’s to the crazy ones! Indeed, without some crazy fools in our world, we might still be in the dark ages!

@Jenny Mannion – Hi Jenny. So good to have you here today. And I know you are doing amazing things, and sharing that – making the world so much better along the way! And you’re definitely in an area of expertise that some would see as crazy. And that’s okay, you listen to your heart, my friend, and share as beautifully as you always do – and you ARE changing the world! You are, in so many ways, and in all the lives you positively impacting. Jenny, here’s to you…one of the crazy ones (and I really mean this in only the best possible way, what you’re doing is an amazing gift to our world).

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John Hoff - WpBlogHost June 22, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Re: “Indeed, without some crazy fools in our world, we might still be in the dark ages!”

I never thought of it like that, but yes, that’s definitely fair to say.
.-= John Hoff – WpBlogHost´s Last Fabulous Post ..WpBlogHost Domain, Blog Security, & Hosting Promotions – Get’em While Their Hot =-.

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Jenny Mannion June 22, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Hi Lance,
Wanted to send along a link I thought was appropriate for this post. There is a site called The Freak Revolution for just such a purpose – gathering the “freaks” of the world that are taking action to change it. Here’s the link: http://freakrevolution.com/
No offense taken — my 6 year old daughter will tell you I tell my kids “it’s GOOD to be crazy — being “normal” would be just too boring”.
Love, Jenny
.-= Jenny Mannion´s Last Fabulous Post ..Distance Healing =-.

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Cath Lawson June 22, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Hi Lance what an awesome quote. I’ve often felt like and been described as some of the things Steve Jobs mentioned. Reading this has made me feel awhole lot better about my flaws – hopefully I will be able to use them to the benefit of the world eventually.

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janice June 22, 2009 at 1:32 pm

You know I’m a quote addict, so it won’t surprise you to hear I love this one! It describes most of the lovely folk in my life! 😉
.-= janice´s Last Fabulous Post ..Connected and Encouraged =-.

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Liara Covert June 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm

Changing the world begins and ends with choosing to transform yourself.
.-= Liara Covert´s Last Fabulous Post ..8 Steps to direct the outcome of reality =-.

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Jewel/Pink Ink June 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm

I am fascinated by people like Steve Jobs. They make life rich and exhilarating.

Jim Henson, Walt Disney…dreamers who dared, too.

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Lance June 22, 2009 at 7:54 pm

@John Hoff – Here’s to all the crazy fools in our world!

@Jenny Mannion – What’s interesting, is that you’re the second person to mention Freak Revolution based upon this quote. And I love that name! I’m signed up! And…like mother, like daughter! In fact…I’m sure you have a couple of them geniuses-in-the-making at your house! Jenny, you have such a knack for bringing out the crazy-good genius in everyone you touch. Thanks for being here…

@Cath – Hi Cath. Continue to be crazy, to be seen as a misfit…you ARE doing great things, and that’s because you spend some time out there on the “fringe”…

@Janice – Hi Janice. Hey, I’m a quote addict too! Maybe you’ve noticed that here!! We could be in the same support group… Here’s to the misfit in all of us, finding a way out…

@Liara – Hi Liara. Oh, how true! That reminds me of a quote by Gandhi that I love: “You must be the change you want to see in the world”. It starts with us…

@Jewel – Hi Jewel! These people are amazing individuals who’ve accomplished so much because they not only dreamed wild dreams, they dared to act upon them! Here’s to all of us daring just a little more…

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Henie June 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I am so fortunate to know someone as *crazy* as you are! :~)

I love how you propel my mind to soar with the endless thoughts of wisdom you present!

Thank you, my friend, thank you!
.-= Henie´s Last Fabulous Post ..My Father =-.

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Lisa's Chaos June 22, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Amen! You’ve peptalked me into wanting to start a revolt!

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Keith June 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm

“…because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” This is a GREAT line! I love it! Thanks, Lance, for this inspiring quote!
.-= Keith´s Last Fabulous Post ..Think Big! =-.

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Arswino June 23, 2009 at 3:50 am

Hi Lance,

Successful men are often men with ideas which considered crazy.
Love this quote, Lance.
.-= Arswino´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Power of Faith and Belief =-.

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Jannie Funster June 23, 2009 at 10:02 am

“I think I’ve seen a shirt from your neck of the woods that fits this all so well” lol! Did you make that up? That’s pretty funny.

And Lance, what makes me think you’re also included in the worndreful weirdoes??
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..10 Great Mysteries of the Universe =-.

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Sagan June 23, 2009 at 11:59 am

Yeah! I like that.

…and it’s a mark of how much time I spend in the blogging world that I misread that at first and saw it as “mizfits”. (“here’s to the bumbling band…” 😉 ).
.-= Sagan´s Last Fabulous Post ..Life Lessons: The motivation to run begins with a smile =-.

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Jennifer June 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm

🙂 Hi Lance. I think I’ve seen this before. All I have to say is….. Thank you for being a crazy misfit rebel trouble maker round peg who will not be forgotten by all those you’ve touched!
.-= Jennifer´s Last Fabulous Post ..The Power of NO =-.

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Jen Sinkler June 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I SO look forward to your Sunday Thoughts. Always thought-provoking and of the moment. Thanks, Lance!

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Maria June 23, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Pretty nice post. I just found your site and wanted to say
that I’ve really liked reading your posts. In any case
I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

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Marelisa June 23, 2009 at 8:59 pm

Misfits really are the ones that push the human race forward. Nothing great has ever been achieved by people who are afraid to rock the boat.
.-= Marelisa´s Last Fabulous Post ..Free Ebook – “Step-by-Step Tutorial: Write, Publish and Market Your Ebook” =-.

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Daphne June 23, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Lance,

It’s funny how one part of me wants to fit in, and the other wishes I could do whatever I felt like, without worrying about sticking out and what others think or say. This is a great reminder that fitting in is over-rated. You’re changing the world in your own way too, Lance, and an inspiration to me. Thanks!
.-= Daphne´s Last Fabulous Post ..Your 24 Possible Personal Strengths =-.

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Lance June 24, 2009 at 5:08 am

@Henie – Hi Henie. Awww, thanks. I mean that…being called “crazy” by you is pretty wonderful! Know that I think the same of you, my friend! You are doing some wonderfully amazing things!

@Lisa’s Chaos – Hi Lisa. Let the revolt begin!!

@Keith – Hi Keith. That is a great line. And it can be large change, or very small and personal change – having the courage to believe and do is where greatness shines through!

@Arswino – Hi Arswino. Yes, crazy often also means successful (and good for us to remember this!).

@Jannie – Hey, it’s Jannie!! Great to have you back here, my friend. Ha! Yes, I did make that up (sometimes we’re funny when we’re not even trying to be…). I’ll tell you what – I know you’re one of those wonderful and special weiros! And I’m so glad you are!!

@Sagan – Hi Sagan. Hahaha!! Yes, here’s to the bumbling band! And their MizFit leader!! Awesomeness in action!

@Jennifer – Hi Jennifer. Hmmm…yes, I’m sure you’ve seen this before!! And…it still fits you oh so well. Right back at you, my friend…thank YOU for being the crazy misfit rebel you are! Our world…my world…my life – they’re all so much better because you’ve walked this earth…

@Jen Sinkler – Hey Jen! Great to see you here today! And I know you have a bunch of “crazy” in you too! Keep on rockin’ the world!!

@Maria – Hi Maria. Thanks for stopping by here today! Jump into the conversation at any time…

@Marelisa – Hi Mare. You rock the boat, I know you do! And because you’re rocking it, the world is so much better off. Having you here is a gift, thanks so much for always pushing the envelope of that can be!

@Daphne – Hi Daphne. That’s a great point. Fitting in can feel safe…and yet, it doesn’t lend itself well to really letting our “inner being” shine. Here’s to not always fitting in, and to really listening to our heart…and then acting. Daphne, you do. You are a shining example in my life – of being crazy (in some completely awesome ways!).

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Suzie Cheel June 24, 2009 at 7:21 am

Hi Lance,
I love this, especially the square peg in the round hole and I love change and I love this quote, thank you for sharing this.
Love and change make the world go round and I love being part of the change

In gratitude
Suzie
.-= Suzie Cheel´s Last Fabulous Post ..Have You Given Yourself Enough Credit for Action? =-.

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Ian Peatey June 24, 2009 at 8:27 am

Reminds me of the quote by Arthur Schopenhauer.

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”

I think the same is true of those who believe they can change the world.
.-= Ian Peatey´s Last Fabulous Post ..Heart of business =-.

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Jannie Funster June 24, 2009 at 10:29 am

And Lance as to your comment on my blog about you being “late for the party.” in teh comments… Are you nuts!!?? You ARE the party, anytime you show up!
.-= Jannie Funster´s Last Fabulous Post ..10 Great Mysteries of the Universe =-.

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Jared June 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm

@Tess,
I like the difference you point out about those who “talk” and those who “do.”

Action is so important, reminds me of the three frogs story:

Three frogs are sitting on a log, one decides to jump. How many are left? Three, the frog made a decision but took no action.

I just sort of had an Aha moment… (really, just now!) The saying talk is cheap just sort of now clicked and means soo much more than just a cliche. It is cheap, action by doing takes commitment, time, dedication, and passion.
.-= Jared´s Last Fabulous Post ..Aha Moment: How a Simple Change in Behavior Can Increase Serenity =-.

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Caroline (the zen in you) June 24, 2009 at 2:27 pm

My gosh it has taken me 3 days to get here!!! I love that quote Lance. How boring it would be to live in a world without misfits! These are the ones that push the envelope…make change…create new visions. We need the misfits!

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J.D. Meier June 24, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I agree – here’s the crazy ones!

It’s interesting to think how values and what’s valued really can shape your life or the world or how you perceive things. For example, does the market drive the right behaviors? Do charities without a sustainable business model, stay in business, even for charity work or non-profit?
.-= J.D. Meier´s Last Fabulous Post ..Information x Focus = Personal Reality =-.

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Tim June 24, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Great quote! Round peg, square hole – I feel like this fairly often. Thanks for sharing.
.-= Tim´s Last Fabulous Post ..What Would Your Mentor Do? =-.

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Bri June 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm

Lance,

Thanks for the comment. You’re always encouraging, and it’s so good to read what you have to say. You’re doing a wonderful thing with your blog.

Bri

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Lance June 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm

@Suzie Cheel – Hi Suzie. Oh, I love that point. Done with love, what we do has the potential to be so much greater. Keep being the square peg…

@Ian – Hi Ian. Great quote, and how true! How many things that seemed impossible that it was foolish to even think about – have come to be. And that means there are people behind these ideas…the crazy ones who continued to believe…

@Jannie – Jannie…as long as we’re talking nuts, make mine almonds! Or…maybe we should be talking cherries…as in red…as in – you’re making me blush! Really though – no party is complete without you ( you’re the entertainment in more ways than one!).

@Jared – Hi Jared. The frogs and no action – what a great example. And so fitting. We can have grand ideas, plans to “change the world” – but they’re just that until we take action. Great point to remember. And talk being cheap – you’ve really hit upon something here Jared. We can all talk a big story. How many of us are willing to go “up to bat” though? The true crazy ones…who find genius…

@Caroline – Hi Caroline. You’re always welcome here…always! Here’s to the misfits in the world!!

@J.D. Meier – Great thought, J.D. What we value does play into shaping our lives. Lots to think about here, thanks.

@Tim – Hi Tim. And that’s a good thing, embrace being the round peg in the square hole!

@Bri – Hi Bri. Thanks so much for stopping in here tonight. You’re doing great, my friend…

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Diane C. June 25, 2009 at 6:48 am

Hi Lance, I really enjoyed your Steve Jobs quote. You sure have a knack for finding just the right quotes that appeal to a lot of people. When I think about it, I see that there are no “misfits” because people who are different (whether in a positive or negative way) are teachers. Crazy troublemakers are a vital part of the whole.
.-= Diane C.´s Last Fabulous Post ..Along the Creek in June =-.

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Jared June 25, 2009 at 7:28 am

Lance,
You’re response to my comment, “We can all talk a big story. How many of us are willing to go “up to bat” though?” reminded me of something I heard not too long ago:

“I know more good than I’m willing to do.”
~unknown

hmmm, that may be a good post topic..
.-= Jared´s Last Fabulous Post ..Aha Moment: How a Simple Change in Behavior Can Increase Serenity =-.

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JenX June 25, 2009 at 8:17 am

I love that quote, especially the last line!
.-= JenX´s Last Fabulous Post ..bareback through the blogosphere =-.

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Sara June 25, 2009 at 9:28 am

Lance,

You have been chosen to receive the very prestigious Kreativ Blogger Award! I enjoy the way your write and love to visit your blog. Your posts are always thought provoking and very helpful. I have enjoyed your site very much. I hope you will accept this award:~)

For more information, go to: http://sarahealy.com/index.php/2009/06/25/i%E2%80%99m-a-blogger-and-a-winner/

Sara
.-= Sara´s Last Fabulous Post ..I’m a blogger and a winner! =-.

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Dr. J June 25, 2009 at 3:13 pm

For what it’s worth, I’ve been called a few of those things. Sort of proud of that 🙂
.-= Dr. J´s Last Fabulous Post ..Pregnancy news: How baby’s weight affects future obesity, plus gestational diabetes and a pill for morning sickness =-.

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Lance June 26, 2009 at 4:52 am

@Diane C. – Hi Diane. We may try to fit in, but the truth is that we are all different. That’s a good point Diane. Maybe it’s a degree to how much you really let the “real you” out. Whether that’s a misfit, being crazy, or just simply “being you” – that’s the place where we should be. Because, after all, the best place for us, is where we are truly being ourselves…

@Jared – Hi Jared. Oh, that’s good stuff Jared! How often do we “know”…how many times does our heart really speak to us, and we choose to ignore it? And what are we missing because of that? And what is the world missing because of that?

@JenX- Hi Jen. Thanks so much for stopping by here! Believing in ourselves, so important. Because when we believe in “us”, we are more willing to really let that misfit within out. And when she’s out, great things can happen!

@Sara – Hi Sara. Thanks so much, you are wonderfully kind! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

@Dr. J – Hey Dr. J. And you should be proud of being called crazy, a misfit, etc, etc! It’s genius in the making…

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Amy Jewell / Cirklagirl June 26, 2009 at 12:55 pm

Yeah, I think we got a stack of crazy ones right here on this post! Gotta love ’em! Me included!

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Liara Covert June 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm

There is a bit of Gandhi in everyone. Thanks for reminding people that what they admire in others is often a clue to something beautiful untapped and awakening inside the self.
.-= Liara Covert´s Last Fabulous Post ..Stop staring at the tea kettle =-.

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Lance June 27, 2009 at 4:48 am

@Amy – Hi Amy. Yep! Crazy rules around here! And you’re definitely part of it! Here’s to never loosing that in any of us…

@Liara – Hi Liara. That’s a great point. Even though we may call someone “crazy”, or “rebel” – I do think that deep down we admire these people who are taking chances, and really living life. And that is the untapped within us – wanting out. So, here’s to all of us showing our crazy side, being a round peg, and flirting with genius…

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FatFighterTV June 27, 2009 at 11:19 am

Love that quote and Steve Jobs, too! I hope he is going to be okay…
.-= FatFighterTV´s Last Fabulous Post ..New website helps employers fight obesity =-.

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Liara Covert June 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Keep flitin with genius Lance. You are already there.
.-= Liara Covert´s Last Fabulous Post ..How an old man waited for death =-.

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Lance June 28, 2009 at 8:45 pm

@FatFighterTV – Hi Sahar. This quote just shouts to being our unique selves…however crazy or weird that may seem. And that’s pretty liberating! Yes, I hop Steve is doing well too, I know it’s been a tough time for him recently…

@Liara – Hi Liara. Thanks so much, my friend! Your words are lifting me up today…

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Pace July 5, 2009 at 2:08 am

Lance,

I can’t believe I’ve never seen that quote before. Thanks for sharing it! (:
.-= Pace´s Last Fabulous Post ..You are what you want to be. =-.

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