The Unreasonable Man
"The reasonable man adapts himself to
the world; the unreasonable one persists
in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on
the unreasonable man"
- George Bernard Shaw
I am currently reading "The 4 Hour Workweek" by Timothy Ferriss. As I read this quote caught my attention. I've heard this same quote in an Ermias Asghedom interview and seeing it a second time made me explore it in depth.
When we look at the innovator before the innovation comes to fruition, criticism is usually lurking. But can you blame the critic? How silly were the Wright Brothers to believe they could fly? How unreasonable was Martin Luther King to believe that we should be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin?
While we should use discretion with the gift of insanity, we should know our progress depends on it. As Steve Jobs once said, "stay foolish".