The Hypocrisy of Thinking Out the Box

Published on January 7, 2012

The same messages are reiterated year-round.  Be creative; be new; think broader, wider, smarter.  But as soon as someone attempts to do so, or even achieves to do so, they’re labeled and/or ridiculed.  So how does one overcome the plague of social norms and conformity?

Kanye West made headlines, once again, due to a now uncanny Twitter rant.  While his twitter rants were first-hand floor tickets to all followers in 2009, 2010 to 2011 birthed a quieter West, especially following the Taylor Swift and Matt Laur incidents.  However, 2012 looks promising for all of his twitter stans.  Having tweeted more in the past 2 months than the past year, West appears to be reopening his shell, if only for a moment’s glance.

In this glance, he’s presented a new idea, company, and strategy into one: Donda; named after his beloved mother, now deceased.  His ideas range from a clothing line to “a team of architects, graphic designers, directors musicians, producers, AnRs, writers, publicists, social media experts, app guys, managers, car designers, clothing designers, DJs, video game designers, publishers, tech guys, lawyers, bankers, nutritionists, doctors, scientist, [and] teachers.”

While his idea seems very broad, (yes, a bit too broad,) and more deserving of a 10+ page mission statement, the fact remains that he has been mocked more for his ambition than praised.  But why?  In our new world of the wide web, continuously expanding and out-doing all of its past achievements, you would like to think that all of West’s ambitions are possible; and they are.  What’s actually missing is a strategical plan, not even the believers.

There will always be believers.  There will always be doubters.  You just have to make the conscious decision to live above it all.  The hypocrisy of the situation is that in the land of the innovative, believers are better off valued as Obama-faced Million Dollar Bills.  They feel real and look great, but the possibility is improbable.  More people today believe in sight more than mind.  So even if you say you have a heart of gold, no one will believe you until your autopsy.  That’s the way of the world.

Be bold. Do for self before you do it to prove for others.  By the time the non-believers get a photo and documentary on your heart of gold, you would have lived your life to the fullest.  Have a cause, a goal, or moral.  It doesn’t have to be shocking, or something new and generational.  To be bold is to courageous; daring.  What you have in your mind now may not seem possible, or even well-thought out, but baby steps make the toddler man.  Be courageous enough to take on the challenge of seeing your vision come into fruition.  Be daring enough to make it happen.

Be bold. Do for self before you do it to prove for others. By the time the non-believers get a photo and documentary on your heart of gold, you would have lived your life to the fullest. Have a cause, a goal, or moral. It doesn’t have to be shocking, or something new and generational. To be bold is to courageous; daring. What you have in your mind now may not seem possible, or even well-thought out, but baby steps make the toddler man. Be courageous enough to take on the challenge of seeing your vision come into fruition. Be daring enough to make it happen.

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