"To embrace the misfit in oneself is to be vulnerable. It is to forsake the easy acceptance that comes with fitting in and to instead be fortified by a kind of love, really. A love of life, a love of wonder, and, ultimately, a sustaining love for oneself. Far from egoism, that love for oneself is a measure of one's love for others, for humanity. And it is only from love that great ideas can be born."
You see, he doesn't love them individually, he loves what he provides for them, and vice versa.
That said, cue the scene from "Idiocracy" where the protaganists walk into Costco :D
Unfortunately, then I go read about how we've killed the Gulf of Mexico http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1536572, and my blood boils and hatred for this world grows.
Such is the life of an entrepreneur, I suppose. Full of love and hatred. Full of contradictions.
All I want to do in the crowded elevator at work is to bleat out, like sheep, "Baaa baaa baaa". I always think how funny that would be. :)
Infact I would say I've lost a good chunk of income - (40,000 a year?) just paying for my "individuality". I've done this by telling bosses what I thought about their ideas and that (and yes I've used these words in verbatim) "I can only do things that _I_ feel are right. You can give me advice, but I might not follow it.". So I've lost out on a few promotions and money.
I've received scorn, been laughed at and sometimes even received "pity" from some of my friends who do whatever their bosses tell them to do and are getting compensated well for it.
And the whole reason I've done this is because I've always felt that:
1. The only thing that will help me to be independent in the future as an entrepreneur is to be independent right now.
2. If I lose this ability to be myself, I lose everything - ie the ability to ever hope to start my own thing.
Now I might be completely wrong about this and I might have gone to extremes at time, but this concept of "being a misfit" is something I've cherished. Hopefully in the near future, when I have my own venture again, we'll see if I was right and whether this is as valuable as I've always thought :).
At the very least, I can say that its never been boring :).
(Background: The reason I've not been able to start my own thing fulltime has been because of a green card. But now I finally have it and have given myself a 5 month window to start with my side project hopefully being my second venture.)
Inevitably, great entrepreneurs live in a world of vision that is beyond what their peers will allow themselves to believe. Th author of this article is right on in describing great ideas as an expression of love. It is the same as athleticism. Great athletes push the boundaries of what human beings are capable of, and anyone who has pursued an athletic endeavor knows that when we reach the brink of our ability the motivation is primal and pure.
So much of what we do is in an effort to protect ourselves, maybe it would be worth it to spend more time exposing our weakness to the world and becoming more sensitive to honesty and integrity.
Always question what everyone takes for granted.