Most of us grow up believing it's more important to fit in than to stand out. But there's something different about you...and it matters.
What if your weirdness was the key to changing everything? What if the outrageous, imaginative, crazy ideas that live inside your wildest dreams are actually there on purpose, divinely preinstalled to help others?
Knowing what makes you weird is the best thing you can offer your art, your business, your friends, your family, and yourself. It's the essence of creativity, the stuff of movements, and the hope for humanity. It's time to quit painting by numbers, conforming to patterns, and checking off boxes. It's time to GET WEIRD.
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About the Author
CJ Casciotta is a writer and serial media maker passionate about helping people discover and own their unique identity or in other words, what makes them weird. As a writer and communicator, he's traveled all over the world inspiring communities like Lululemon, The Salvation Army, TEDx, and Charity:Water. As a media director and producer he's collaborated on projects with MGM Studios, The United Nations Foundation, and more. He created the popular podcast, Sounds Like a Movement, which has hosted culture-shaping voices like Seth Godin, Shauna Neiquist, and Krista Tippett. In addition, CJ's work has been featured by MTV, RELEVANT, Catalyst, and Q. A native New Yorker, he now lives in Nashville with his wife, Kelly, and his two kids, Selah and Mack.
Table of Contents
I Why Are You So Weird?
Chapter 1 Who Told You You Were Naked? 3
Chapter 2 We Can Dance If We Want To 18
Chapter 3 Your Art Teacher Failed You 24
Chapter 4 When the Weird Went Away 34
Chapter 5 The Parable of the Ugly Cactus 46
Chapter 6 The Myth of the Caterpillar 52
II What To Make of Your Weirdness
Chapter 7 Manual Labor 65
Chapter 8 Seeds 72
Chapter 9 Farmers in a World of Hunters 88
Chapter 10 The Shame of Same 92
Chapter 11 The Gift of Groove 105
Chapter 12 Move toward the Monsters 115
Chapter 13 Strange Love 131
Chapter 14 Gangs, Grannies, and a Girl from 7 Mile 149
III How Your Weirdness Will Change Us
Chapter 15 Misfits Start Movements 165
Chapter 16 Fred Got Fired: How Weird Ideas Become Movements 172
Chapter 17 Jim, Jesus, and Harriet Tubman: How Movements Gather Misfits 182
Chapter 18 Walter's Memo: How Misfits Make Believers 190
Chapter 19 Weirdos and Cool Kids: How Make-Believers Touch the Masses 196
Chapter 20 Go Down the Slides 210
The Weirdo's Manifesto 216
About the Author 225