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Challenge: Do Something (small) Unconventional

October 27, 2008

Over the weekend I grabbed a late night burger at Fat Burger (I don’t recommend it) with two friends.

The one guy Dustin is unconventional. He intentionally performs the bizzare, and he successfully attempts to get a rise out of people for no reason at all except perhaps his own amusement and the entertainment of whoever is in his “orb of influence.”

This time Dustin ordered his burger and when the cashier asked for him to pay, he casually lifted his leg up, knee 90 degrees to the floor, took of his Reebok shoe, lifted up the sole of the shoe, and retrieved a credit card. He then casually handed the card to the cashier as if nothing out of the ordinary happened. She gave him a strange look, laughed a bit and then gave him his receipt. The people behind us were perplexed and I heard a gigantic bald guy whisper to his wife: “Hey honey did you see that? That guy. That guy right there just took a credit card out of his shoe.”  It blew his mind.

We then grabbed a table and didn’t even discuss it.

But see how easy it is to get a rise out of people?  Most people are boring, and it doesn’t take much to entertain. I challenge you to make the world more interesting for people. Get a rise out of them! Stir things up.  Perform! Your life will be better for it. And, so will there’s. Here are three small suggestions to get you started:

  1. Order a hot dog “without the beef or dressings” at a hot dog stand
  2. Read a magazine upside down on the subway
  3. Spontaneously break dance in public during a weekday afternoon (even if you don’t know how)
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