Here’s to the crazy ones

It’s Columbus Day, a day where we pay homage to the pioneer spirit and those rare brave souls who are unafraid to challenge the status quo, set sail into the abyss with little more than a grand vision of something better. Can you imagine the conversation? “I’m going to get in this boat, and sail off into the horizon and just pray there is land somewhere over there beyond what I can see.  You in?” And I’m guessing the reaction went something like, “Dude, you’re crazy!”

Similarly, I imagine that Alphonse Desjardins met with grievous objections when he decided to start the first credit union in North America. And when Edward Filene pushed the ideas of the credit union movement, the 40 hour work week, and the Chamber of Commerce here in the states, I bet he endured his share of ridicule. I suppose that’s why he once said, {The door to success is always labeled PUSH.}

I’m sure similar discussions have existed around the ideas of flying to the moon, bungee jumping, the internet, electricity, and debit cards. And if you think about it, the best ideas are often first condemned as ridiculous. But someone has to fire the first shot, leave a footprint in the sand, or face the fear of failure. But thankfully those adventurous souls pushed through their doubts and ignored the nay-sayers in favor of chasing their vision.
So, in honor of Columbus Day, let’s watch this great old commercial (Thanks, Susan!) and issue a toast to the crazy ones.

And the next time someone calls you crazy, take it as a compliment.
You might just be onto something.


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