Maverick

1: an unbranded range animal; especially: a motherless calf
2: an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

 

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Maverick (n.): 1867, “calf or yearling found without an owner’s brand,” so called for Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870), Texas cattle owner who was negligent in branding his calves. Sense of “individualist, unconventional person” is first recorded 1886, via notion of “masterless.”

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

Maverick is a word which appeals to me more than misfit. Maverick is active, misfit is passive.”

Alan Rickman (1946-2016, English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and in film)

Bio Source:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0000614/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

“If you’re used to being a maverick, then people don’t get surprised when you start acting strangely.”

Richard C. Armitage (b. 1971, English film, television, theater, and voice actor)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Armitage_(actor)

“I’ve seen that phenomenally successful people believe they can learn something from everybody. I call them ‘mavericks with mentors.’ Richard Branson, for instance, is total maverick but he surrounds himself with incredibly successful, smart people and he listens to them.”

Brendon Burchard (b. 1977, bestselling motivational author and online marketing trainer; best known for “The Millionaire Messenger” and “The Charge, and “Life’s Golden Ticket”)

Bio Source:

brendon.com/about/

“There is a piece of me that likes to fondly imagine my maverick and rebellious nature. But, more accurately, I like to have a nice and cozy institution that I can rub up against a little bit.”

Douglas Adams (1952-2001, English author, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist, and dramatist; best known for “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” which originated as a BBC radio comedy in 1978)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Adams

“The whole world loves a maverick and the whole world wants the maverick to achieve something nobler than simple rebellion.”

Kevin Patterson (b. 1964, Canadian medical doctor and writer, best known for his short story collection, “Country of Cold,” which won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2003)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Patterson_(writer)

Meditation

“I’ve seen that phenomenally successful people believe they can learn something from everybody. I call them ‘mavericks with mentors.’ Richard Branson, for instance, is total maverick but he surrounds himself with incredibly successful, smart people and he listens to them.”

— Brendon Burchard

 

Most of us Americans love the romantic idea of the maverick.  This country was built by such archetypes like the cowboy, the inventor, the artist, the rebel, the explorer, just to name a few.

As young as we are, this country would not be a superpower that we are without the Steve Jobs’s, the Gloria Steinem’s, the Harriet Tubman’s, the Frederick Douglas’s, the Cesar Chavez’s, the Dorothy Day’s or Frank Lloyd Wright’s.  These are a handful of the maverick pioneers who lived and worked on the innovative fringes of our societies and pulled most of us, sometimes kicking and screaming, towards the leading edge of creation.

We love the idea of the maverick, but culturally we still want to control the person who channels a new idea.  Most organizations, unless you have a rare leader who is secure in his/her own identity and self-worth, would rather promote the conformist over the original free-thinker.

Now, there’s a need for the conformists as well as the many other diverse personality traits.  We can’t all be same.  That would be extremely terribly boring, intolerable in fact.  But, it’s a balancing act to think creatively outside of the box and to work cooperatively with others.

Individually and collectively, we have to be willing to humbly stepped back and forward when our voices and actions are needed or not needed.  But, that takes focus, concentration, presence, and patience to observe any given landscape opportunity.

Whatever arena or stage we participate in and play on, let us be centered and grounded in our respective and relative truths.  We all want to be free, not owned or exploited by anyone or anything.

Live joyously, sojourners!

Faithfully Yours, Tonya

 

 

 

 

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