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All too often, many misfits may find themselves marginalized or occupying a territory as the “lone, misunderstood outsider.” It can be extraordinarily powerful to peel off from society and be outside the system. You often gain fresh perspective and have greater freedom to experiment. But at some point, you have to ask, how can I mainstream my misfit vision? How can I bring more of myself into my work life and relationships?
“It can be extraordinarily powerful to peel off from society and be outside the system. You often gain fresh perspective and have greater freedom to experiment.”
Misfits who are able to mainstream often have an incredible entourage of support – a community or tribe of friends and champions: think of Andy Warhol’s Factory or Ernest Hemingway’s Paris set in the 1930s; both communities fostered new norms and pushed the boundaries of society. Our formal institutions are leaving misfits behind. It’s time we created more neo-tribes – more networks of those with unorthodox ideas to challenge status quo thinking.