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When is the last time you had a really crazy idea? You know what I mean… an idea that is so big it’s frightening, but at the same time there is such excitement in the possibility that you can’t wait to share it with someone else?Picture 2

Many times in my life when I’ve shared  an idea with a friend, I’ve heard, “That’s crazy!”  If you’re anything like me, you too have had this experience.  Those two words- “That’s crazy”,  have killed too many dreams and have literally stopped success in its tracks.

But what if….. instead of running away from our inner craziness, what if we changed our perception to Embrace “Crazy” wholeheartedly? In other words, when we hear “That’s crazy” we run with it instead of away from it. What if those words were the key to finding your best ideas?

I’m interviewing some ground shakers, rule breakers and people that live outside of the box. I want to learn what makes them tick. Some would define these folks as having crazy ideas. I’ve already interviewed Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Peter Diamandis, Yanik Silver, Peter Shankman and 25 more. This week I have interviews scheduled in New York City with Seth Godin and Gary Vaynerchuk and then Tony Hseih in Las Vegas. All people that have had ideas that are crazy- and all wonderful people who have succeeded BECAUSE they’ve learned how to Embrace Crazy.

Crazy doesn’t always mean jumping out of an airplane or flying to the moon, but it can. Sometimes it’s starting a new business or perhaps a personal venture. It means listening to the voice within and acting upon it.

The best way to know that you’re on to something is when others tell you that your idea is crazy. People get uncomfortable when we play too big for their boundaries.  However, when we Embrace Crazy, chances are we’re following our dream. And when we follow our dream, that’s where the passion kicks in, the magic of the Universe unfolds, the doors to the heavens fling open, God yells “Yeehaaa!” and infinite possibilities abound. I believe that Embracing Crazy is the most sane thing we can ever do for ourselves and our happiness.

When we Embrace Crazy, we get to step up to be the very best we can be- and that’s where our inner and outer worlds change.

What’s crazy to you? Our own “crazy” may show up as a thought that wake us up in the middle of the night nudging us to our greatness, or that nagging, persistent desire that just won’t fade away. It’s that inner urge to follow and expand our greatness, no matter how outlandish the idea may seem to others. It’s listening to our inner voice- even if we’re the only one who can hear it.

People will tell you that your idea is too crazy. I’m here to tell you that they are wrong. Don’t ever let the negative ramblings of the naysayers and the ones that haven’t ever done anything themselves, limit your vision of what’s possible for you. You are an unlimited being, and yes, you too have the ability to follow that crazy thought and instead of dismissing it- Embrace it! Play big! Live fully!

VEmbrace Crazy is the title of my book coming out this fall- but in the meantime, I’ll share some snippets of wisdom that I’ve learned from “crazy people” along the way. Right now I’m in New York City, here to interview a bunch of very cool people. (This photo was taken last night in Times Square. Thinking of Sir Richard Branson-someone who Embraces Crazy in a BIG way- I just had to take it with his logo in the background.)

Who do you know who plays BIG? Who is a rule-breaker, ground shaker, out-of-the-box kind of person? Please share it with me below. I’m happy to contact them and who knows, maybe they too will be featured in the book.

In the meantime, go Embrace Crazy in YOUR life. Listen to that voice within. Please write to me and share your thoughts too. What is YOUR crazy idea? As always, thanks for being a part of my life and a part of our community. We love you!

Big hugs,


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Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of, bringing the best inspiration to the world. provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter.

Prior to, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006.

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  1. Off to Embrace my Crazy right now – but will be back soon to share why I renewed my domain name CrazyCate.Com for another year 🙂 – Thanks Gail for all you do and Hugs to one of my favorite Crazy Cousins :} ……… far removed?????,,,,,,:}

  2. I so believe in the “craziness” of life, that is where the memories are made, and joy created. Thank you for sharing! My favorite 🙂 When we Embrace Crazy, we get to step up to be the very best we can be…

  3. Inspire Me-check! You have and have since I started listening/following you. Is following listening? That is my latest thought and perhaps update.

    What I really want to say is that ‘Embracing the Crazy’ is what in the social work field we used to call the ‘Strengths Perspective’. There are two ways to look at the entire composition of who we each are. Either from a ‘Deficit Perspective’ (lousy speller who had to spellcheck deficit,fixated, too sensitive, distractable, weak book reader, weak in math except for waitress math-I can get you 20% of anything in a flash!) or the ‘Strengths Perspective’- highly social, highly motivated creative technology learner, creative, visionary, ability to intuitively understand and implement, public persona, nurturing, in command etc. Bottom line from where I sit is that you organize around is your highest best good–and of course CRAZY! I know for me, I need to ONLY embrace MY crazy, not anyone else’s. Been there done that 🙂 Strength and crazy and creativity is power and potency is focus and acceptance and application.

    THANK YOU INSPIREMETODAY! You did and I will share my mantra too.

    ‘You have to say what you want out loud to get it so keeeeeeep talking!’

    Here is to all that can be, remembering that there is enough for everyone!


  4. Everyone (my parents especially) told me I was crazy when I abandoned getting a degree in English in favor of becoming a photographer. But I’m starting my second semester of art and photography classes this semester, and I’ve never been happier. Looking back at the last year of my life, there’s so many things I’ve done to embrace the crazy–and my life is so much better for it. Thanks for the great blog post, and I’m looking forward to your book later this year!

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