“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
~George Bernard Shaw
Think about this concept for a moment.
Throughout my career in the corporate world I was accused of being “relentlessly dissatisfied.” I used to resent the remark because I thought it made me the squeaky wheel, the nag, the complainer. I’ve since shifted my perception. Now, instead of resenting the remark I resemble it with pride. Like George Bernard Shaw (although not as great as he), I am unreasonable because I want the world to change. I wanted my teachers to change growing up, I wanted my parents to change, I wanted my bosses to change, I even went so far as requesting that organizations with thousands of people change. My efforts haven’t been totally fruitless, but admittedly in dealing with the big guys it’s been very limited.
So why bother?
The truth is my dissatisfaction with the status quo has gotten me exactly where I need to be. I’m in a business where I get to change lives, help people find careers they love, build businesses that start with a single idea, and in my opinion – at least attempt to – create world peace. I’m an optimist, a relentlessly dissatisfied optimist, so it’s no wonder that I believe that world peace is possible. I believe that every single person on Earth has the capability to work in a job that they find meaningful! I think our current thinking around work and work/life balance (which doesn’t exist in my opinion) is completely flawed and it keeps people severely unhappy. If people did something they loved rather than something for money or obligation then I think we will be one step closer to world peace. That’s my bigger vision. What is yours?
I may be totally unreasonable in thinking that I can make the world change to this, and I know I can’t do it alone. I can be part of it though. I can change my world, my perception of the world. Isn’t that a better place to start than nowhere at all?
So I say go for it, be unreasonable!