That’s stupid…

Posted: July 18, 2011 in Uncategorized

No, really it is.  If we’re judging by what makes logical sense, as humans we’re utterly out of our minds. Today I was reading an article about a 61 year old woman who is swimming…swimming 102 miles through shark infested waters from Cuba to Florida.  It has nothing to do with escaping prison, avoiding Cuban civil unrest or a boat with a broken engine.  She turned 60 and felt that she needed a new challenge to feel alive.

Five of my now closest friends in NYC I met through running a half marathon in late November.  While the wind was blowing and the thermometer topped out in the low 40’s we dove into a frigid lake to begin our 13 mile mud filled run.  Our fearless leader of this knuckle-headed group just got back from doing an Ironman in the South of France.

Yet for all the “stupid” people I’ve had the opportunity to meet, doing an endless series of “stupid” activities they seem to not only have the most successful careers, but also are the happiest and most fulfilled people I’ve come across.

And while we’re at it based on this definition I think TED is probably the biggest aggregator of “stupid” people in the whole of the internet.  “Stupid” is a prerequisite to step on stage, or even to get invited.  Stupid is launching a business when 9 out of 10 don’t make it past the first year and 3 years later 9 out of 10 of those fail.

I’d imagine you’ve gotten the point.  Stupid isn’t really stupid at all.  It’s uncompromising, it’s living leaning forward, it’s enjoying seeing how large of a challenge we can leap.  I wish schools encouraged a bit more of this stupidity among their students, we’re raising far too many “smart” kids.

  1. Anon says:

    In relativity – one of the stupidest points made 🙂 Long live stupidity that makes the world go round in such logical ways.

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