Where’s the Room for the Crazy?

Abhishek Paul
2 min readSep 17, 2018

“A man decides after seventy years

That what he goes there for, is to unlock the door

While those around him criticize and sleep

And through a fractal on a breaking wall

I see you my friend, and touch your face again

Miracles will happen as we trip

But we’re never gonna survive, unless

We get a little crazy.”

— Crazy by Seal (1990)

I recently caught Elon Musk’s chat with Joe Rogan on his podcast. I love the format for its no frills, no BS, free flowing discussion that goes deep and wide.

Just listening to the first 10 mins told me I was listening to someone with a very different view of how the world works. Here’s an example — when talking about his vision of building underground tunnels as a way to reduce congestion, he said he started by digging a “very large pit” in his home! At a certain level it seems so simple, yet not something that would’ve struck most people. It even infects his sense of humour — he joked that if you want to build flying cars, just attach wheels to a helicopter! Or how in order to circumvent customs regulations on shipping his flamethrowers, they just labelled the boxes as “Not a flamethrower”!

This is not to glorify a single man, but an honest attempt to find out where people with such a divergent view of thinking are hidden in organizations, families and in our everyday lives. We have conditioned ourselves to think / speak / behave in “acceptable” ways.

Just think back to your school days, the best behaved usually meant being obedient, blindly accepting status quo / authority and living with a constant fear of social ostracism. Anything else and you were branded a trouble maker and sent to the principal’s office. We’ve somehow carried this into our workplaces — our mental label maker is ready to mark anyone who thinks / behaves differently as a misfit. We do our darn best to strip the person of his individuality and fit our comfortable (read “acceptable”) mould.

I don’t know about you, but I yearn for those people who can blow my mind in a 10 min conversation! How do we create teams / organizations that bring in some of this “crazy”??

PS: I would recommend Rogan’s podcast for some of this crazy. I loved the one with Courtney Dauwalter too.

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