Are you a freak?
“Why would I want to be a freak?” you might ask.
New York Times bestselling author and sought-after conference speaker Chris Brogan thinks the freaks shall inherit the earth. In fact, he believes that so strongly, he wrote a book about it.
Chris thinks that in our hyper-connected world where almost anyone has access to people, information, and resources, freaks have unique characteristics that make them actually more likely to succeed than “normal” folk.
What does Chris mean by a “freak” in this context?
That’s what Chris Brogan told Eric Enge during a recent video interview for our Digital Marketing Excellence Show. We’ve grabbed a set of Chris’s most interesting quotes from that show and posted them for you to enjoy and share below.
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Everyone’s a media star
Chris Brogan says gatekeepers are losing their power in an age where anyone can create and promote media online. More and more people will be writing things like “YouTube Celebrity” under “occupation” on their tax forms.
Don’t Make “Can’t” the Next Thought After “Challenge”
Chris Brogan says that it amazes him how quickly we respond “can’t” when hearing of a challenge or opportunity. Freaks say, “Why not?” or “Let’s try it.” A freak rejects the notion of “failure is not an option” and instead fails quickly and often in order to learn, iterate, and come closer to success.
The Best Case Study: Try It Yourself
Chris Brogan says too many ideas never get launched into reality because we sit around waiting for someone else to prove it can be done. “Better than a case study,” Chris recommends, “Try it for yourself and see if it works.” Freaks know it’s the only way to learn.
Chris Brogan says that large companies will gain a big advantage in market responsiveness if they instill and support a sense of ownership down to the lowest levels of the company. Owners feel empowered to make the quick decisions at the level where they are positioned best to see the situation.
“Empires fall,” says Chris Brogan. “That’s the only thing you can assure yourself: Empires fall.” There is no such thing as too big to fail. TV networks. Airlines. Record companies. All these and more have been toppled by fast moving, unafraid, motivated freaks.
Business Is About Belonging
“When you accept that you no longer have to fit in,” says Chris Brogan, “you can accept that business is about belonging.” You’ll get far more business by making people feel like they are part of (and want to be part of) what you do than by overcoming objections.
Success Is Not About the Tools
“Success is not about the tools,” says Chris Brogan. “No one ever asked Hemingway what kind of pencil he used.” The right tools for the job are important, but obsessing over them can get in the way of doing the job.
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