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Ode to the Unreasonable Man

“Great spritis have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein


Mediocre minds – you know the type.

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You also know how often in a business day you find yourself colliding head-on with one of them.

You realize that to move forward and be successful, you must make changes and improvements in your business. Why doesn’t everyone else?

You try to work and negotiate with insurance personnel, suppliers and customers. You only want what’s fair for all parties involved. Why doesn’t everyone else?

You see competitors undercutting prices and making concessions. You know these practices will hurt their businesses and possibly yours. Why doesn’t everyone else?

You strive to advance the image, reputation and professionalism of your industry. Why doesn’t everyone else?

Why doesn’t everyone see the way it should be? Why does everyone act as if you’re the unreasonable one?

Because you are.

You’re unreasonable because you’re attempting to make changes.

Change is a very unpleasant situation for most people. It’s much easier, much safer, much more comfortable to keep things the same.

As George Bernard Shaw put it: “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.”


So, all you unreasonable men, beware as you go through your days attempting to adapt the world. You have chosen a noble but lonely route.

The everyone elses you keep coming up against aren’t stupid or even bad guys. They’re just average. They are merely protecting what they feel most comfortable with – the status quo.

Although some days it may be difficult, please keep fighting for change. Please don’t stop trying to make things better.

Progress depends on you. And even though they don’t know it, so does everyone else.

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