Here’s to the crazy ones.

“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.”

What is this?

This is for the crazy ones is an ongoing project by Lauren Holliday, founder of Freelanship and Full Stack Marketer, that compiles remarkable people who have helped cultivate me and my beliefs. Through this site, I hope others will learn and be inspired by at least a few of these phenomenal people, who have helped shape me into the person I am today.

Why is this important?

My mission with this project is to share and honor my sources of inspiration and unique beliefs so that others can learn from them as I have.

As many of you know, I’m 28 credits shy of my journalism degree. While I’m a college dropout, I’m fortunate enough to get paid to do the work I love. What’s my secret? Well, I read a lot, and I ask a lot of really smart people questions all the time.

I want everyone out there to know – especially the college dropouts — that you can make it without a degree. The people on this list – whether they know it or not — helped me get to where I am today.

A while back, I read this book, called Smartcuts. It’s about accelerating your dreams by taking these things called smartcuts.

One smartcut that I’ve been unable to forget is the one about “mentorship.”

“Mentorship is the secret of many of the highest-profile achievers throughout history.” (Source)

According to the book, analysis shows that entrepreneurs who have mentors end up raising seven times as much capital for their businesses, and experience 3.5 times faster growth than those without mentors.

“A master can help you accelerate things,” explains Jack Canfield, author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and career coach behind the bestseller The Success Principles. “He says… we can spend thousands of hours practicing until we master a skill, or we can convince a world-class practitioner to guide our practice and cut the time to mastery significantly.” (Source)

The dilemma for most of us average folk is that we have this warped view of what mentorship actually is.

“Our typical paradigm for mentorship is that of a young, enterprising worker sitting across from an elderly executive at an oak desk, engaging in Q& A about how to succeed at specific challenges. On the other hand, a smartcut-savvy mentee approaches things a bit differently. She develops personal relationships with her mentors, asks their advice on other aspects of life, not just the formal challenge at hand. And she cares about her mentors’ lives too.” (Source)

But what do you do if you’re unable to reach the ultimate mentor for you? You take a play from the Jay-Z playbook…

“Hip-hop icon Jay-Z gives us a clue in one of his lyrics: ‘We were kids without fathers … so we found our fathers on wax and on the streets and in history. We got to pick and choose the ancestors who would inspire the world we were going to make for ourselves.’”

“…Few people have access to the best mentors. Jay-Z didn’t, but he had books from which he could get an inkling about what those kinds of mentors were like.” (Source)

Jimmy Fallon didn’t know his dream mentors either so he did the same thing as Jay-Z.

“Jimmy had tirelessly followed his heroes in comedy. He fixated on the careers of comics like Sandler and Spade and tracked the movements of their management teams, agencies, films, and TV shows as if he was earning school credit for it. Jimmy’s goal since childhood, he explained to Siegel, had been to join the cast [of SNL].” (Source)

All you need is an Internet connection, a little curiosity and a curated list – like this one — to help you get through that tunnel of darkness so you can start to see the light again.

Note: The people on this list are entrepreneurs, marketers, freelancers, authors, millennials [experts], developers and designers as well as career experts.

Who made this?

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That’d be me – Lauren Holliday. I’m a full-stack marketer and the founder of freelanship.com and hackthejobhunt.com. You can read my story here.