I took some of the MasterClass by Malcolm Gladwell. He is the author of amazing books like “Blink” or the collection of essays titled, “What the Dog Saw.” I highly recommend the class. The key insight I took away was that when writing it doesn’t matter if it’s a complete thought, what matters is if the thought was interesting.
I think the same thing can be applied to people. I think that humans take too high of a moral stance on people. They focus on whether someone they don’t know (reported in the media) is good or evil rather than thinking about whether or not they are interesting or doing interesting things.
I’ve always felt the media has a skewed concept of who my Dad is. They portray him as the “Crazy Bitcoin tie guy,” or they focus on his wealth and success as what defines him… they don’t think about why he got that way:
My Dad is interesting. He tried to break California into 6 states and then into 3. He spent a fortune to get School Vouchers passed in California in the 90s in order to better our school system. He was on the California board of education (and kicked off). He started a school for entrepreneurs called Draper University. He brought Venture Capital to the world.
He also wears socks with sandals to my wife’s dismay.
My Dad may not be complete, but he is interesting… and that’s why he continues to succeed.
Go be incomplete and interesting today.