Not too long ago I got an opportunity to hear a legendary visionary speak at a live Q&A session, the one and only Oliver Stone.
Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that the guy has never been afraid to say exactly what he thinks, call all kinds of questions (to say the least!), and push a lot of boundaries in the filmmaking business.
Something that he said stuck with me big time. He talked about what it really took to become a success. How believing in yourself and what you’re doing really IS that important. “Sometimes,” he said “you have to be a little bit delusional to keep going.” (Forgive the slight paraphrase…)
YES, EXACTLY!! I thought to myself (and joined the round of crowd applause that ensued).
Call me crazy, but I totally got that. As in, “AMEN, brother!” I got that. Sometimes what looks like delusion on the outside is just EXTREME faith. Sometimes what looks like being out of touch with “reality” is simply believing in your highest calling with total fervor.
Did he mean truly certifiably crazy when he said “delusional”? Not at all. Not the way I heard it. To me it meant aligning with your purpose. You know, REALLY believing at your highest level that you can—and you MUST—make big things happen.
He oughta know, as he has done just that in his career!
But what makes it seem “delusional” to us down here on earth to actually GO for your God-sponsored dreams?
Here’s the irony: (And I brought out the “I” word, so you KNOW it’s gonna be good!) Sometimes the things that we consider to be “real” down here on this “tidy on the outside, train wreck on the inside” planet relate only to physical reality. That is, the stuff we can see, hear, touch, quantify, and la la la.
But as it happens, some of the most REAL things there are–if fact, the “realest” stuff in the Universe–tends to be what comes directly from the source, from God, the Universe, ALL that is. The inspired, the beautiful, the truest expressions of Truth, Love, and Joy don’t always show up on an everyday basis here in 3D world. (As we have daily proof!) Therefore, it’s easy to buy into the idea that our highest and most admirable dreams seem to be out of touch with “reality”….that is, what shows up as a 3-D expression.
When in truth, if it’s our highest calling, it is our job to bring our dreams down here into the world. And how is that done? By getting past the 3-D crap. And believing in said dreams. And taking the action to make them happen. And doing it all of these things EVERY day.
BOOM! There it is. What looks like delusion is sometimes simply a belief in something better, and an answer to a divine calling.
It was the kind of reminder I needed that morning. Stay on your path. If it’s the right one, you’ll know. If you’re NOT meant for the cubicle, the corporate desk, or whatever it may be—and a grander vision for your life keeps coming back to you—stay with it. Even if it seems “delusional”.
Chances are that the more it lights you up, the more REAL it actually is anyway. And as irony would have it, not delusional at all.
And if THAT is what you call crazy, SIGN ME UP!
This is perhaps what everyone goes through, to a certain degree, when they believe in something outside of the regular template of life. And I must admit that believing in such things is hardly encouraged….but let’s be honest, it is the only way that things EVER change for the better. That’s why it is such a big responsibility to get out and be YOU. Always.
And that starts for many of us by ditching the corporate life for one of freedom, creation, and big time challenges!
Have you ever found yourself dreaming about doing something big, exciting, and different with your life other than the corporate gig? How did it make you feel? What did you do? I’d love to hear all about it!