“A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.” ~ Mark Twain
I saw two movies over the last few days that illustrate a valuable point.
The first, Babe, is the story of a young pig and the farmer who ends up owning him. They buck convention by entering Babe – the pig – in a sheep herding competition and astonish the crowd by Babe’s perfect “10.0” performance. The second, The Secret of Nikola Tesla, covers the remarkable life of a young inventor and engineer whose bold and revolutionary ideas were constantly shunned by the establishment but later praised by the same.
To give life and form to original thought you must face a great many obstacles including, but not limited to: the ire of the critics, the jealousy of the competition, the greed of the “backers” and the capriciousness of public opinion. When such odds are stacked on top of an already fragile self-esteem it is no wonder that most people prefer to move along with the herd instead of charting a less popular course that they know to be true.
If you are right and know that you are right, don’t give up. You will find a way to make your point. Take care not to make it out of reaction to the reaction, if you know what I mean. If you do what you do to prove to somebody else who said you couldn’t do it, you have failed at a certain level, no matter how successful the outcome. If you, on the other hand, do what you do because it is in fact the right thing to do, regardless of of how you or anyone else feels about it, then you will be fulfilled, regardless of how widely accepted that which you bring is in the short or even long-term.
If you are right, it will prove out in the long term. Your harshest critics may end up in the stands clapping and cheering you on. You just never know. Those who you thought you could count on may turn on you in the process of becoming. Again, you never know.
Every one of you who reads my blog has something important and original to bring to this world. I do not possess enough faith to believe that the complex array of factors and processes that led to your birth and subsequent development did so that you could become a mediocre person who never does anything of much import.
The question is: are you willing to do the work required to reveal it through your living?