YOU’RE CRAZY! (Read time 1:19) I first found out I was crazy when I discovered I couldn’t stop the constant stream of impossible dreams, crazy fantasies and unlimited possibilities frolicking around between my ears. It began when Sister Thomas Francis dragged me out of math class, marched me down the hall to an all girls’ English lit class and insisted I stand in front of the room and read the Kipling poem, Gunga Din in my best English accent. (She overheard me singing Beatle songs (with an English accent) in the cafeteria and was impressed.) I loved it! After that incident, my confidence kicked up a notch. I joined a theater group, started a rock band, accepted my dads offer to work in the movie studios, and thus sealed my destiny in showbiz forever. And out of that excitement and enthusiasm about knowing exactly what I wanted to do with the rest of my life the download began; a relentless stream of crazy ideas, outrageous desires and impossible dreams that has never stopped. Same thing happened to you (and all artists & entrepreneurs). Perhaps not inspired by the great Rudyard Kipling, but something profoundly influenced your destiny way back in the day—a song, a movie, a book, a teacher, an incident, that changed everything and opened the unceasing floodgates of unlimited possibilities. From the moment you (inwardly) committed to an independent, entrepreneurial life of creativity, the download began. A free-flowing, non-stop stream of ideas, thoughts, inspirations, brainstorms, videos, music, rhymes, lyrics, beats, money-making schemes, frightening visions of the future, light bulbs over the head and sudden bursts of intuition delivered directly from the divine field of all possibilities—that has never stopped and never will. Others may view it as scattered and unfocused. That’s because they don’t get it! They’re the ones who ask, “where did you get that idea?” How did you come up with those lyrics?” What possessed you to start your own business?”  You’re crazy because while others struggle for the right answers, you’re content living in a world of endless possibilities, and people just don’t get that. Not even your therapist gets it—unless she’s crazy too! The truth is, only other crazy artists & entrepreneurs really understand. You’re crazy because deep down inside, you know that being an artist, an entrepreneur, is much more than a simple calling or a chosen vocation. It’s in fact, a never-ending “monster mission” that must be pursued with ruthless intention, rigorous enthusiasm, reckless abandon, and too often, irresponsibility. It’s a life that was independently chosen—by you, and it’s impossible for you to be whole or complete doing anything else. Being an artist or an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you’re better, smarter, funnier, prettier, wiser or richer. It just means that you chose the way of the lone pioneer. And while others believe that politicians lead the way, it’s really the artists and entrepreneurs of the world that we all look up to, admire, praise, emulate and follow. Stop questioning and doubting your sanity, and finally give yourself permission to be the crazy, creative genius that you are—no matter what others think! You’ve been granted the gift of independent thinking and an unstoppable flood of innovative ideas. And the only thing missing, that may be preventing you from realizing more of the fruits of your creative endeavors, are courage and confidence. The courage to go after your impossible dreams and the confidence to believe you'll succeed.   "Tho' I've belted you and flayed you, By the livin' Gawd that made you, You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!" — Rudyard Kipling
J Michael Dolan

YOU’RE CRAZY! (Read time 1:19)

I first found out I was crazy when I discovered I couldn’t stop the constant stream of impossible dreams, crazy fantasies and unlimited possibilities frolicking around between my ears. It began when Sister Thomas Francis dragged me out of math class, marched me down the hall to an all girls’ English lit class and insisted I stand in front of the room and read the Kipling poem, Gunga Din in my best English accent. (She overheard me singing Beatle songs (with an English accent) in the cafeteria and was impressed.) I loved it! After that incident, my confidence kicked up a notch. I joined a theater group, started a rock band, accepted my dads offer to work in the movie studios, and thus sealed my destiny in showbiz forever. And out of that excitement and enthusiasm about knowing exactly what I wanted to do with the rest of my life the download began; a relentless stream of crazy ideas, outrageous desires and impossible dreams that has never stopped.
 
Same thing happened to you (and all artists & entrepreneurs). Perhaps not inspired by the great Rudyard Kipling, but something profoundly influenced your destiny way back in the day—a song, a movie, a book, a teacher, an incident, that changed everything and opened the unceasing floodgates of unlimited possibilities. From the moment you (inwardly) committed to an independent, entrepreneurial life of creativity, the download began. A free-flowing, non-stop stream of ideas, thoughts, inspirations, brainstorms, videos, music, rhymes, lyrics, beats, money-making schemes, frightening visions of the future, light bulbs over the head and sudden bursts of intuition delivered directly from the divine field of all possibilities—that has never stopped and never will. Others may view it as scattered and unfocused. That’s because they don’t get it! They’re the ones who ask, “where did you get that idea?” How did you come up with those lyrics?” What possessed you to start your own business?”  You’re crazy because while others struggle for the right answers, you’re content living in a world of endless possibilities, and people just don’t get that. Not even your therapist gets it—unless she’s crazy too! The truth is, only other crazy artists & entrepreneurs really understand.
 
You’re crazy because deep down inside, you know that being an artist, an entrepreneur, is much more than a simple calling or a chosen vocation. It’s in fact, a never-ending “monster mission” that must be pursued with ruthless intention, rigorous enthusiasm, reckless abandon, and too often, irresponsibility. It’s a life that was independently chosen—by you, and it’s impossible for you to be whole or complete doing anything else.
 
Being an artist or an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you’re better, smarter, funnier, prettier, wiser or richer. It just means that you chose the way of the lone pioneer. And while others believe that politicians lead the way, it’s really the artists and entrepreneurs of the world that we all look up to, admire, praise, emulate and follow.
 
Stop questioning and doubting your sanity, and finally give yourself permission to be the crazy, creative genius that you are—no matter what others think! You’ve been granted the gift of independent thinking and an unstoppable flood of innovative ideas. And the only thing missing, that may be preventing you from realizing more of the fruits of your creative endeavors, are courage and confidence. The courage to go after your impossible dreams and the confidence to believe you'll succeed.
 

"Tho' I've belted you and flayed you,
 By the livin' Gawd that made you,
 You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!"
Rudyard Kipling


COMMENTS


Posted By Paula Maya
YOU'RE CRAZY
This is what came to my mind reading your story Michael, and all the posts above. I remember at 4 years old waking up very early, before anybody else, and going to my little 'Vitrola' to play a vinyl of Dvorak's music. I also remember when I was a pre-teen feeling 'pain' and crying because of music. Sound. I realized it touched me so deeply, it even scared me. Thanks Michael, and all!


Posted By Win
Thanks for inspiration
Michael that's the perfect knowing I'm one of ten siblings,always been different,I'm a free thinker thats following my dreams no matter what they say making transitions from one genre to another, trusting my inner voice, than what others think or say


Posted By Steven Woodward
Perfectly said!
That is the best summed up explanation I've ever read. I wish the entire world could read it. You have done what I have aspired to do all of my life. Liberate people and help them go after their dreams.


Posted By Tom Patterson
I am crazy, and that's O.K.
T. F. as we lovingly remember her – did the same for me! She made me stand in front of the girl’s glee club and sing “If Ever I Should Leave You” from Camelot and it felt good. And I knew what I wanted too! But there was a roadblock, a nemesis, a controller – my mom - trapped inside the body of a crazy artist, unhappy and unable to allow her art to escape – So I ran and ran and ran and did crazy things. I was told – be sane, get real –you have a family to raise, and wanting to please, I did, and was unhappy. Now, I’ve raised my beautiful family, financially lost everything, starting over at 63, which makes it possible to be completely crazy!! I’m not running anymore – I am crazy – I know that now – and that’s O.K. Thank you Michael, for your input!


Posted By Rachel
Ideas...flow!!
Great post Michaeal! I agree!! The ideas energize more ideas!! (Now if I could just do something about this nodding of my head...) :-) Have a great day! Rachel


Posted By maggie z
Crazy- yup-yup
Indeed... I use the crazy as a beckon... a confirmation if you will. At 50 I abandoned a long nursing career to pursue my passion- I am an ARTIST! My decision sparked fear and genuine concern and worry for me by my family and friends- I got lots of "Your're crazy" comments- and each time I heard "Your're crazy"... and I still hear it frequently it reaffirms- I am on the right path-Thank-you! I am on my path...yup yup!


Posted By Rudy Duke
Ooookay...
I love your inspiring and encouraging posts. But...the day job. Sucks out my soul and stifles creativity. Really don't mean to be a downer because I believe in you, myself and all of the other creators .But post 10 ways to take a year off work and not loose your home while putting a kid through college. something like that is the help most of us need.


Posted By Rick Clogston
Agreement
Total agreement. At my age, and with a family and a mortgage, I have taken the path that has one of my feet in each world. Which, if anything, makes me even crazier, but I'm not trying to upstage you. Anyway, the key here is to prioritize. The illusion-of-sanity side must give way, not to half measures, but to full-out BWAAAAHHH banana-wacky 911 turbo foot-on-the-floor whew heh-heh-heh you get the idea.


Posted By Loni Specter
Cwazy
Cwazy is expecting Elma to catch da wabbit


Posted By Randhal Witcomb
Crazy Brit
Artists in the USA always try to look like they have it together. Across the pond, we've always been crazy and proud of it! We also love all your thought provoking posts Michael, keep it up mate.


Posted By Andy Stephenson
Interesting.
Nothing new really, but few see it.


Posted By Nicole Suell ( @NiKoSouL)
Holy freaking Cow!
This came RIGHT ON TIME!!! OMG. All I kept thinking while reading this is, "I am not crazy. This is so affirming non-profit, music publishing... I was made to read "IF" by Runyard in 6th grade". Wow!!!! Thank You JM Dolan.


Posted By Michael B Birnholz
Crazy is the new 20
I have no idea what the subject of my comment means, other than to say, at 44 I am clear, focused, excited, and absolutely off my rocker. I eat, sleep, and _ _ _ _ my business, my ideas, and my visions. I literally cannot wait to wake up and HAVE AT IT. I absolutely loved this particular post, because I think CRAZY is the new 20.


Posted By Spunky Munkey
Very True
Sure there are basket cases of perhaps failure in show business, but whether it be Neil young driving to California or ZZ Top taking a 2 yr break, after 7 yrs straight gigging and going in different world directions, the long run was in the mind. I do think though some of the artists who would have made it in the 70's and 80's are having a harder time today.


Posted By Marcia
Wait for me!
Wait! Wait!... let me disrobe of these annoying clothes of repression and ride this train with you all... naked and laughing!


Posted By jim meskimen
Happy to be "crazy"
You hit it on the head, Michael! "Crazy" is the old fashioned version of "Unelectable"; it's meant as a distracting epithet, not as a sensible evaluation. "You Suck" is another such useless phrase. I'm happy whenever ideas are flowing, and do all in my power to keep that flow alive- it's who I am, not a symptom of what is wrong with me or anyone else.


Posted By Crazy Sheila
Liberated!
I knew it! I knew I was crazy but I've always tried to be normal! No more will I pretend to be one of the crowd, nor more will I attempt to blend in with the herd, I'm an artist damn it! And I'm crazier than a loon and proud of it! Sweet liberation Michael, sweet liberation!

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• Why incumbents rarely invent the future (Read time 1:13)
• THE BOX (Read time 0:33)
• STAND UP IN THE BOAT! (Read time 0:27)
• YOU’RE DREAM’N! (Read time 0:57)
• KNOWING (Read time 0:33)
• CONCEALED CONCERNS (Read time 0:47)
• TAMING THE $$$ BEAST (Read time 1:17)
• FAKING IT (Read time 0:17)
• STAYING POWER (Read time 0:47)
• 0:20 SECONDS OF INSANE COURAGE (Read time 0:51)
• GRASS (Read time 0:41)
• WITH BLOODY FINGERS I WRITE ON (read time 0:27)
• I'LL DO ANYTHING BUT THAT! (Read time 0:47)
• ASS ON THE LINE (Read time 1:37)
• MARKETING BLUES (Read time 0:47)
• THE LONG RUN (Read time 0:39)
• CREATIVITY TO THE RESCUE (Read time 2:07)
• THE RACER'S EDGE (Read time 0:41)
• NO WAY NO HOW! (Read time 0:27)
• THE SMART MONEY (Read time 0:25)
• YOU’RE CRAZY! (Read time 1:19)
• DANCING WITH YOUR DEVOTEES (Read time 0:39)
• LIBERTY!
• NO DOUBT (Read time 1:17)
• WHAT EVER YOU DO, DON'T TURN AROUND (read time :39)

2011 Posts:
• GRAND FINALE!
• 2-DOZEN WAYS TO MAKE 2012 BETTER!
• DEAR PRUDENCE (read time :43)
• COMPLAIN ALL YOU WANT! (read time :23)
• IMAGINE (read time :57)
• WEEKENDS (read time :33)
• PIXAR LETTER (read time 1:03)
• RESISTANCE CAN KILL (read time 1:37)
• AMATEURS vs. PROS (read time :57)
• REQUIEM FOR A HONEYMOON (read time 1:09)
• CAN YOU FEEL IT? (read time 1:47)
• BRANCUSI'S VICTORY CRY  (read time :57)
• SAIL AWAY (read time :43)
• ARTISTS RULE! (read time 1:23)
• USE IT OR LOSE IT (read time :53)
• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)