I often look at mentors, leaders and visionaries as those who just see things differently. I remember when many that said I was crazy about the idea that Fast Casual was in fact a new segment in massive restaurant industry. Turned away by many and in some cases even laughed at by those with short sight of what the future could be. You know who you are. Who's laughing now!
All I'm saying is that I will continue to push the envelope and press the future of where we as the human race are destined to arrive. A week without Steve has graciously made me remember my mentors. Some have passed and some still drive the vision of business today. Here’s to those very select crowds that understand what it means to be "The Crazy Ones".
The Crazy Ones
@luckypenny - Joni Doolin Thomas - Founder People Report, crazy enough to think she can help re-design how companies view work and how they interact with the emerging millennial workforce. Joni’s determination, generous spirit and innovative spirit have been an inspiration to the lives she has touched throughout the years.
@johnbattelle - Leader of Federated Media and is crazy enough to think he can change the way people view and consume media. John’s ever present question of “can we handle what we are creating?” fuels the momentum behind awareness in the technology industry. Creating an environment of introspection, he keeps us on our toes.
@briansolis - Author of Engage and End of Business, crazy enough to take on the challenge and shift of business in the new digital age. Brian has continued to scrutinize the effects of emerging media on the entire scope of the business world. Coining PR 2.0 he encourages individual thought in his books, speaking engagements and his world famous blog.
@SkeeterNYC - Liza de Guia - Founder of Food Curated, crazy enough to think she can shift the way we view food from the inside out. Liza’s statement of purpose, “All good food has a story. I tell it. On video.” Created a metamorphosis of how foodies get their fix. She is crazy enough to make her passion mainstream.
@PhilipBloom - The most innovative DSLR film maker of our time, crazy enough to think he can educate and inspire young filmmakers to change the way they think about their work. Philip is the new breed of cinematographers and he’s crazy enough to bring new and seasoned filmmakers into his fold. Philips work showcases raw talent, passion and an artistic work ethic that is a breath of fresh air.
@JessicaNorthey - founder Finger Candy Media, crazy enough to think she can bring a new twist to Country Music with social media. Jessica has conquered the world of Country Music and radio one tweet at a time. Her signature sassy flair has made her one of the most coveted leaders in the social media field.
@limefreshmex - Founder John Kunkel, crazy enough to think he can take on Chipotle and win. John has attempted to avoid the call of the restaurant industry to no avail, rather then sail along he took natures call and ran! John didn’t settle for the best, he’s a modern day conqueror opening new concepts that will soar.
@rainnwilson - Co-founder of SoulPancake and actor on the Office, crazy enough to think he can bring comedy and spirituality to the masses. Rainn’s out of this world notion to create a hub that explores the human experience is crazy enough to foster an environment of individual thought.
@jlouderb - Jim Louderback, CEO Revision3, crazy enough to challenge the old standards of media creation and consumption. Jim took brought us into the age of TechTV. He continues to push the boundaries of emerging technological innovators by being the man that moderates the panels of today’s thought leaders.
@chefspike - Spike Mendalsohn, creator of Good Stuff Eatery in DC, crazy enough to challenge the norm in fast casual culinary creations. Spike beat the odds and never lost his dream of living and breathing the culinary field. His days of being a busboy at his family’s restaurant in Clearwater Florida infused his blood with a zest for food that has manifested in one crazy ride!
@MarshaCollier - Author and Tech Pundit, crazy enough to think she can help all walks of life embrace technology to enhance their life. Marsha gift-wrapped financial freedom for the masses with her books detailing the in’s & outs of eBay. Truly a Divine Diva, Marsha is crazy enough to empower everyday people to embrace online business.
This is just the beginning of the crazy ones that I appreciate each day. They all inspire me on my continued quest of being one of them. The face of our world is ever changing and it’s the crazy ones that continue to create, innovate and raise the bar on what could be and what will be our reality. Dare to be among The Crazy Ones.