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Are You Insane?

Many will claim that Einstein defined ‘insanity’ as, “doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result”. While others suggest this quote can be attributed to Benjamin Franklin, I think it sounds more like something that would come from the mind of a philosopher or a poet.

Think about it.  If you look up the definition of insanity right now, you’ll see that it’s more complex than the aforementioned statement suggests.  But, again, I don’t think it was meant to be taken scientifically. Let’s look at the definition, provided by Merriam-Webster.

Insanity: 

1 dated: a severely disordered state of the mind usually occurring as a specific disorder
law: unsoundness of mind or lack of the ability to understand that prevents one from having the mental capacity required by law to enter into a particular relationship, status, or transaction or that releases one from criminal or civil responsibility
3 a: extreme folly or unreasonableness the insanity of violence His comments were pure insanities.
b : something utterly foolish or unreasonable the insanities of modern life

Now that that’s out-of-the-way, let’s find out if you’re insane and why that may not be as bad as it may sound.

Crazy Like A Fox

If you’re reading a Tizzime blog post I assume you’re looking for a little more out of life. You don’t want to be average. You don’t want to be ordinary.

Almost every self-made million/billionaire will look at the above definition of insanity and think to themselves, “that’s what my haters sounded like.”

3 a : extreme folly or unreasonableness the insanity of violence; His comments were pure insanity.

   b : something utterly foolish or unreasonable the insanities of modern life

The truth is; you don’t want to be ‘reasonable’. Reasonable will have you going to college, chasing a degree you’ll never use and being stuck in a dead-end job just to pay back your tuition. Reasonable will have you believing people when they say, “you can’t-do that” or “that’s a stupid idea”.

This reasonable crap is what has people thinking that working a 9 to 5 job will be enough to secure their financial freedom when the truth is; most won’t even make it to retirement before the die. Those senior citizens aren’t working at your favorite supermarket or department store for fun.

You want to be UNREASONABLE.

Those who believe simply going to work 5 days a week and attempting to save your way into riches are the truly misguided ones. There will always be an emergency that forces you to dip into that piggy bank and we all know what happens after you crack that piggy open.

In our school system, the still-developing human brains of children are taught that a constant barrage of schooling is the key to success. Unfortunately, many generations have done tried this “over and over again” and recently the result has been the same; student debt slavery.

It’s insane to think that a small company that started out selling books from some kid’s garage would become the future of retail as we know it. A multi-billion dollar corporation. So, the question remains; Are you insane?

Debt slave or a budding entrepreneur. Both fit the definition in some way and since we all fall into one of these two categories the question is easy to answer. Yes, you are insane and so am I, but luckily there’s another poetic, old adage that fits perfectly into the confusing philosophy of insanity.

Did you think a question like, are you insane would end like this? What do you feel about the theories here? Let me know. Leave a reply in the comment box below.

“The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.”

-Bruce Feirstein 

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