Last week many of us were saddened by the passing of Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and a visionary of epic proportions. Some may agree and some may disagree about the ways he lived his life and the ways he did business – and, yet, the majority of us probably agrees on one thing. Steve Jobs was different.
Listen to this never-shown Apple commercial that he narrated and pay careful attention to the words:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Why do I bring this up? Because I think that those of us who choose to live outside of our home countries – outside of the familiar, the comfortable, and the known – are a little bit crazy, somewhat rebels, and to some degree troublemakers.
Our willingness and our drive to leave the habitual and to embark on an adventure that will test the whole of our beings can elicit admiration or hostility.
Our return always feels like it puts us right into the category of the round pegs in the square holes.
Our ability to understand and communicate between cultures makes us the connecting link between peoples divided by borders, currencies, economies, and wars – and that puts us right up there with all those others that want to change the world.
What do you think? Do expats have a little bit of crazy reserved for geniuses? How inspirational do you find this in your life?