April Fools Day is the chance to embrace the fool in all of us. I always loved the irony of the Shakespearian fool character who always spoke the most honest and insightful words. Another fan of the “Fool” is Seth Godin who often writes about the power of foolishness…
- “It’s ever more tempting to put on the (metaphorical) clown suit. It allows you to provoke with impunity. Clowns enjoy a different relationship with the laws of physics. You can spray someone in the face with a seltzer bottle, hit them with a pie or tweak them, and then laugh about it. No one is allowed to comment on the size of your shoes or how many people you’re packing in that car or the weak link between you and reality. Crowds gather and no one takes the implications of what you say seriously, but they cheer. Tricksters change our culture. Noisy voices get more followers in social media…The challenge, as PT Barnum, Don Rickles and the National Enquirer have found, is that while the suit is easy to put on, it’s almost impossible to take it off. After a while, people start to notice that you’re not actually keeping your promises.” – The clown suit
- “Actually, it’s far more likely that you made a human of yourself. When you drop your guard, opt for transparency and make an honest connection with someone, you’re right on the edge of foolishness, which is another word for not-corporate, not-aloof, not-safe. Another word for human. Most of the time, we persuade ourselves not to make a fool and so instead, we shut down a connection that could have become precious for us and for them.” – "I just made a fool of myself"
- “If you do something remarkable, something new and something important, not everyone will understand it (at first). Your work is for someone, not everyone. Unless you’re surrounded only by someones, you will almost certainly encounter everyone. And when you do, they will jeer. That’s how you’ll know you might be onto something.” – “When you do work that matters, the crowd will call you a fool”