Think Different

by Lance Ekum on · 87 comments

“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

The oppor­tu­nity to think different.

The Willy Street Fair:  Madi­son, Wisconsin

On a brisk sunny Sep­tem­ber morn­ing, I travel to Madi­son, Wis­con­sin (just a short drive away) with two of my kids.  Our plan:

Think dif­fer­ent. 

Be it.  Do it.

The Willy Street Fair.

The whole con­cept of this fair, a neigh­bor­hood cel­e­bra­tion of diver­sity and united-ness, is dif­fer­ent than any I’ve expe­ri­enced before.  See, we went know­ing we would be dress­ing dif­fer­ent than nor­mal, that we’d be walk­ing in the parade and doing different. 

And.…

Dif­fer­ent was the norm on this day.

This parade, this fair, this cel­e­bra­tion of diver­sity shined the beauty of what dif­fer­ent can be!  More than that, though — this was dif­fer­ent with full accep­tance.  A cel­e­bra­tion of the unique!  A belief in all that IS pos­si­ble!  Fun!  Life affirming!


What if…

What if every day was like that.  Where dif­fer­ent was fully accepted.  Where dif­fer­ent was encour­aged.  Where dif­fer­ent was cel­e­brated.  Where dif­fer­ent brought deeper connection.

How do we get there?  How do we get to where dif­fer­ent is okay.  (because it is!!)

We have to do it!  When each of us takes those steps…those steps into the unknown that dif­fer­ent can bring — we allow oth­ers to do that, too.

Small steps.  Big steps.  In between steps.

What can YOU do? Today.

Think dif­fer­ent.

Be it.  Do it.

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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