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On being “…crazy enough” to “…challenge old assumptions”

We lost two giant minds last night.

From Steve Jobs:

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but 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 ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

And, on Derrick Bell:

But in Mr. Bell’s hands, the narrative technique became an accepted mode of legal scholarship, giving female, Latino and gay scholars a new way of introducing their experiences into legal discourse. Reviewing “Faces at the Bottom of the Well,” Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times wrote: “The stories challenge old assumptions and then linger in the mind in a way that a more conventionally scholarly treatment of the same themes would be unlikely to do.

I don’t normally find inspiration in the lives of others and especially not through quotes. But, I find myself particularly moved this morning, inspired to continue to be the one who is crazy enough to challenge old assumptions.

Thanks for all you did, gentlemen.

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