"Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square hole. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About 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 people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
Do you have a persistent gut feeling that you just see the world differently than everyone else? Do you find yourself more often than not at a party or other gathering and just know you really don’t “fit in”, but you do it anyway? Does the idea of having to “play politics” just irritate you? Have you ever been accused of being a “loose cannon”, “beating to your own drum”, “unpredictable”, and/or “high risk”? Have you ever been referred to as a “renaissance woman or man”? Do you like to be a bit different? Unafraid to “stand out” in the crowd? Do you enjoy the unknown? Open to new experiences? See failure as just another “learning lesson”? And enjoy taking risks? If most of these things sound like you, chance are you are a “maverick”. I understand you, because I am that person. Perhaps like many of you I spent years trying to figure out if I was the problem, or if the place I worked was the problem. Then I discovered that it was neither, and both. The fact is, as a maverick, we believe our ideas are worth pursuing. And when no one is willing to go along with us…well… we push them through anyway. You and I are different and it takes a maverick to understand a maverick. The rules don’t apply. The way things “have always been done” is the dumbest saying on the planet. Because the truth is somewhere inside you there is an idea that you know can absolutely “change the world”!
Maverick noun mav·er·ick | \ ˈmav-rik , ˈma-və-\
Definition of maverick (Entry 1 of 2)
1: an unbranded range animal especially : a motherless calf
2: an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Why as a maverick do I need a coach?
“I've seen that phenomenally successful people believe they can learn something from everybody. I call them 'mavericks with mentors.' Richard Branson, for instance, is a total maverick but he surrounds himself with incredibly successful, smart people and he listens to them.”
Wait a second? If I am a maverick, why would I need a coach? One of the biggest drawbacks about being a maverick is that typically you have so many ideas you can often get stuck in understanding which one to pursue. Hence, a maverick coach can help you identify which ideas best align with your talents, personality, and passion.
Another reason why a Maverick needs a coach is because we need to be pointed in the right direction so that we can unleash our talents, and personality and passion to the right people who are ready to join us in our quest to make a positive impact on the world.
Finally a maverick needs a coach to help set the right boundaries where you know where you are gong without feeling closed in. In another works, putting up the electric fence, but
putting it up far enough away that you don’t see it.
Let me leave you with this
“I personally believe mavericks are people who write their own rulebook.
They are the ones who act first and talk later. They are fiercely independent thinkers who know how to fight the lizard brain (to use Seth Godin’s term). I don’t believe many are born, rather they are products of an environment, or their experiences.
They are usually the people that find the accepted norm does not meet their requirements and have the self-confidence, appetite, independence, degree of self reliance and sufficient desire to carve out their own niche in life.
I believe a maverick thinker can take a new idea, champion it, and push it beyond the ability of a normal person to do so. I also believe the best mavericks can build a team, can motivate with their vision, their passion, and can pull together others to accomplish great things. A wise maverick knows that they need others to give full form to their views and can gather these necessary contributors around them.
Mavericks, in my experience, fall into various categories – a/ the totally off-the-wall, uncontrollable genius who won’t listen to anyone; b/ the person who thinks that they have the ONLY solution to a challenge but prepared to consider others’ views on how to conquer the world &, finally, the person who thinks laterally to overcome problems considered to be irresolvable. I like in particular the third category.
The upside is that mavericks, because of their different outlook on life, often sees opportunities and solutions that others cannot. But the downside is that often, because in life there is always some degree of luck in success (i.e. being in the right place at the right time), mavericks that fail are often ridiculed for their unorthodox approach. However when they succeed they are acclaimed for their inspiration. It is indeed a fine line they walk in life.”
Ziad K. Abdelnour, Economic Warfare: Secrets of WealthCreation in the Age of Welfare Politics