Several years ago, I discovered that one of the technology partners of my firm had a nickname for me – it is “CJ”. For the life of me, I could not figure-out how they came-up with that as a nickname. I mean, my brother’s name is Christopher John – so that would actually make some sense. But he never worked with me at the firm and there is no way anyone would confuse the two of us.
So the mystery remained for some time – until one day, I was able to coax (coerce?) one of the employees of the technology partner to give-up the secret. He confided in me that “CJ” was short for “Crazy Joe”.
I laughed out loud. Then, of course, asked why?
He proceeded to tell me that everyone at the company believes me to be crazy and offered several examples as to why. Almost always, it was some story (all true) of some idea I had that was definitely outside the box. How I would: enthusiastically argue the idea, be rebuffed, tell top management they lacked strategic vision, proceed to do it anyway without their support, and be successful.
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