The Real Fools…

The real fools are those too scared to look foolish
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The real fools are those too scared to look foolish.

In the words of Steve Jobs: “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” We can achieve great things by pushing ourselves to the limit and trying various approaches until we find what works best for us. But here’s the drawback: we may appear foolish to some people.

In Osho’s 1999 book “Creativity: Unleashing the Forces Within,” he described creative people as “rebels” in a society that revolves around conformation. These creative people, ranging from artists, to CEOs, to “soccer moms” aren’t afraid to look foolish and so they accomplish more without sacrificing their identity. Osho proclaimed, “A creator has to be able to look foolish. A creator has to risk his so-called respectability.” He said that in such cases when creative people gain respectability through recognition of their work, they tend to stop being creative for the fear of looking foolish.

Creators are considered eccentric in our society but creativity is a trait all children possess. As Picasso said, “All children are born artists.” Unfortunately, this trait is mostly discouraged and highly frowned upon in most schools and formal institutions. Children lose their creativity as soon as they try to fit in a world run by people who stigmatize mistakes and unconventional ideas. As a result, we live in fear of looking foolish.

To borrow the words of Greek philosopher Epictetus: “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” It’s a small price to pay for unleashing our potential and living an extraordinary life!

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