January 6, 2011

A little madness…

The Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis has once written, “A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free”. I decided to check the validity of this saying by considering my own life. I’m only sharing with you ideas that I myself believe in.

First, it is not sufficient for someone to say to himself that he is mad. For the above-mentioned statement to be applicable, others must be calling you mad, judging your actions and behavior. :-) Having this in mind, I started to dig into my high-octane past life.

When I decided to end my professional business life of ten years to establish my own companies, I remember many of my acquaintances saying, “You must be mad to leave such a company and such a position”. After the second ten years of my business life, I decided to sell my shares in five companies I had founded. The comments I received at that time could be summarized like in the Hamlet debate, “He acts mad, so he must be mad”. I do not want you to consider me totally mad so I will not share with you the comments that I received after the next ten years. :-)

This little introspection seems to conclude that Kazantzakis’ theory is quite valid for me. It appears that every ten years, almost periodically, I have been ‘a little mad’: be it for escaping the oppression of the management of a big company or for escaping the shackles of my own companies. I like to be free, I could say.

Have you ever been ‘a little mad’ in your life? If not yet, maybe 2011 is a good year for having ‘a little madness’.

Mad or not, however you may be, I wish you to feel ‘free’ in 2011…

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