Blue Man Group.
For a girl growing up where I did, they were just those weird people who painted themselves up and then did weird stuff on stage. But for the people I went to school with on the ivy-shrouded hilltop in the burbs- the Blue Man Group was, as they would say, “epic.”
In it’s heyday, I never understood the hype around the group. Sure, I got that they were supposed to represent the human essence- no race, no religion, no creed. But I didn’t understand how being blue and mute led to sold out arenas around the world and Grammy Awards. I just didn’t.
Recently, I came across a quote from one of the group’s co-founders, Matt Goldman, that made me have a respect for their work.
Speaking about the first time he introduced the idea of “being blue” into the world, Goldman talked about the negative reactions from people who doubted the group could be a success. He says:
“We heard all the reasons why it was not going to work. But guess what? It did.
The lesson here, to me at least, is this: Don’t listen to anyone’s advice. At least, don’t listen to the advice of people who tell you what you can’t do. Instead, find some good advisers who you respect and listen to them. Then integrate what they are telling you into your own thinking, and really listen to yourself, your own learning, your gut instinct.
I wanted to be crazy, and I advise you to be crazy. To be weird. To be unreasonable. That’s my favorite one. People are always saying, “Oh, come on, be reasonable!” And I want to shout, “No, I don’t want to be reasonable!” I want to be completely unreasonable. I want to change the world. I want to be creative. I want to change the world creatively. And I want other people to be unreasonable with me.”
Though you may never catch me in a Blue Man Group concert tee, I respect Goldman’s fervent belief in his vision. Often, we’re so caught in self-doubt or outward questioning, that I think we can forget that every thought or gift planted in us is a seed placed there on purpose.
Today, be humble in your learning but unreasonable about your vision. Keep working and believing, knowing soon the world will come along.