Think Different

Personal development
3 Jul 2023

I was so touched by Leah’s blog on Friday – ‘Not belonging or fitting in’ .

Caroline’s Thought for the Day captured my imagination and empathy too: “Not belonging is a terrible feeling. It feels awkward and it hurts, as if you are wearing someone else's shoes." Phoebe Stone

The combined impact reminded me of Steve Jobs’ now legendary script for Apple’s ‘Think Different’ campaign. You can see a video of it here:

The script says…

“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. 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.” Steve Jobs

I genuinely think there is genius in our community.  We can ‘Think Different’ and also we can ‘Feel Different’ – the subject of another blog to come.  Some of us are depressed because the world doesn’t match our expectations of what it could be or even should be.  I now see that as a good frustration. Perhaps we can make a difference?

In the meantime, I also recommended a video from Depeche Mode in my response to Leah. Turns out the video, ‘Walking In My Shoes’ is a bit raunchy so I won’t provide a link here but I will share some of the lyrics. I address this quote to those who judge us because we ‘Think Different’.

“But before you come to any conclusions

Try walking in my shoes…

You'll stumble in my footsteps

Keep the same appointments I kept

If you try walking in my shoes…”

Songwriters: Martin Gore. Walking in My Shoes lyrics © Emi Music Publishing Ltd


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Here are the people who appear in the Apple video in order of appearance: Albert EinsteinBob DylanMartin Luther King Jr.Richard BransonJohn Lennon (with Yoko Ono), Buckminster FullerThomas EdisonMuhammad AliTed TurnerMaria CallasMahatma GandhiAmelia EarhartAlfred HitchcockMartha GrahamJim Henson (with Kermit the Frog), Frank Lloyd Wright, and Pablo Picasso

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