Every great oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.

Have you ever been told that you’re nuts? That your dreams and goals are crazy? You’re not alone. The great thing is that what you’re here to do, have, and be isn’t supposed to match up with what someone else thinks. So go ahead, go nuts, and live your most out loud life.

They Were Nuts

I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret it, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon

He was nuts to want to sell every book in print online. The experts told Jeff Bezos to start small, to limit Amazon’s offerings, and to exclude less popular genres. He stood his ground and ignored them. He created a company known for having everything available and having this identity from the start is very likely what made it the wild success that it is today.

A company is stronger if it is bound by love rather than by fear.

Herb Kelleher

He was nuts to bring humor and love into corporate policy-making. Herb Kelleher started Southwest Airlines based upon many radical principles. Experts in the business of business believed that serious, no-funny-business, maintain-your-decorum rules were the true key to a successful corporation. Herb bucked the trend and Southwest is now a model for innovative business success that many wish to emulate.

 You do whatever it takes to make things happen. That’s the only thing that works.

Estella Pyfrom, Estella’s Brilliant Bus

She’s nuts. Estella Pyfrom has invested an enormous amount of her pension from her 48+ year career in education in her project, Estella’s Brilliant Bus. If she had cared to ask the experts, no doubt they would have said, “Don’t risk it.” Fortunately for Palm Beach County families, she didn’t ask.

CNN  featured the founder of this  “customized mobile learning center, designed to travel to communities and deliver services where service is needed,” as one of its 2013 Heroes.

What’s In It For Me?

You may not have a nutty idea or passion, but if you do, let these 3 nuts and many others like them inspire you to stand your ground, follow your path, and create something that’s never been seen before.

Here are 3 questions that may help you to discover what your nutty idea may be.

What would I do if…

  • I couldn’t fail?
  • money were no object?
  • I weren’t afraid of what people think?

To really maximize this exercise, take an hour or so. Write down your ideas without judging them in any way. Sometimes collecting images and putting them into a collage is easier, so look around for pictures that express your feelings and ideas.

The goal of this exercise is to strengthen your visioning muscles. Don’t put pressure on yourself to create any of these ideas right away. Relax into the experience of allowing yourself to dream and be creative.

One way to supercharge your process is to work with a qualified coach who employs proven strategies for success. Having an unconditionally supportive coach who believes in you, empowers you, and celebrates you makes all the difference.

About Zette

Zette Harbour is an iPEC certified life and leadership coach, and, an award-winning professional storyteller, who helps women in their second half of life who want to live as their heart’s desire but experience feeling stuck, limited, or like time is running out. Zette supports these women in becoming unstoppable in 90 days in order to live true to themselves, secure in their sense of meaning and fulfillment.

To connect with Zette, book a complimentary Discovery Conversation today.

Access her free 2 Minute Body Sense Meditation as an excellent practice and support in accessing your intuition. (A part of her online course: Empowering Wellness Through Self-Care.)

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