Be Anything You Want to Be in Life, But Not Average and Ordinary

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“I’m obsessively opposed to the typical.”

                                                Lady Gaga

There are a lot of things you can say about Lady Gaga, but being ordinary isn’t one of them.

This is yet another one of the things I greatly admire about her. I likewise have always had a passion for not being average and ordinary. Who wants to be some Joe Shmoe walking down the street, who is just like everyone else, and blends into the background? Or be the person who meets someone new at a social event and has nothing to offer their new acquaintance that is interesting or stimulating? I don’t know about you, but I am not going to live the only life I have never being noticed, and be relegated to history as an afterthought.

My brother Danny, God rest his soul, was a very high-energy Type A. I remember him and me talking once when we were teenagers, after we had just gotten seriously into weightlifting. We talked about how we both wanted to go to college and have a professional career, but we also didn’t want to look like just an average office worker. We dreamt about having a high-powered career, but also being bodybuilders who were far more muscular than anyone you would typically see in an office. We wanted to freak people out! We wanted what we considered the best of all worlds. That was our dream.

Danny and I were both able to see our dream through to fruition. He became a law school professor, and was an excellent amateur bodybuilder. He loved going to class on the first day and have his students just sort of stare at him! I also accomplished having a good career and a high fitness level. I remember one time, when I was in my thirties and training really hard, I wore a short-sleeved shirt to the office on casual day. One of my staff members remarked, “Wow, you have forearms like a grave digger!” Mission accomplished.

Whether you are a hard-core Type A like me and my brother, or the most laid back Type B, I still say: don’t settle for just ordinary. Be different or special in some way. Run a marathon, go on an African safari, take in foster children, or whatever. Take it from Lady Gaga: “You have to be unique, and different, and shine in your own way.” Life is just too damn short.

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TIM MCINTYRE retired in 2004 from his position as president of Applied Systems after facilitating a successful sale of the company. At only forty-six years old, he made the unusual decision to fully retire to pursue other interests and simply enjoy free time. As a hard-driving Type A personality, this turned out to be a significant challenge for the Notre Dame and University of Chicago-educated MBA, CPA, and Certified Cash Manager.

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  1. Annelle Paschal says:

    Tim,
    Your posts are always great and thought provoking. Life is not a “Dress Rehearsal”!
    Annelle

    • Tim McIntyre says:

      Thank you so much, Annelle. I love our conversations at work, you’re so bright and funny. And we get to talk about our wacky corporate experiences–what fun!

  2. Tim,
    I liked your post! Why? Because an old man that I worked for and adored for his wisdom and creativity, once told me: “Be brief, be bright, and be gone!”. Exactly how you give your lessons.

    All the best,

    Fran(k)

    • Tim McIntyre says:

      Thanks for the nice compliment, Frank. I try to keep my posts short and to the point, I know most people are busy and time is valuable (especially at our age!).

  3. Colleen says:

    Hi Tim!
    What a fun, beautiful post linking our brother Danny and Lady Gaga as free spirits. We were lucky to have Danny in our lives and Lady Gaga is such an inspiration for all of us. We should all try to shine like a beautiful star in the sky!
    Love,
    Colleen

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