quote-marksCatherine Ryan Hyde

Author and President of The Pay It Forward Foundation

“Crazy is doing what you love, what you think you’ve been put on earth to do, every day, paid or not, and believing the money will follow – Except it’s not crazy, because it works.

HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE A MAVERICK?

“Somebody who listens to their own guidance and goes the way that actually feels correct to them because without realising it we have a tendency to look at the people around us and see what they’re doing and kind of copy off their paper. I don’t mean it as a type of cheating. I mean somehow we’re trained as we grow up to stay inside the norm cos it’s safer in there and I think if we just really do what we think is our calling to do. When I was a struggling author, when I wasn’t really published and I wasn’t making money as an author but I was doing what I loved to do all day long, it really struck me how unusual that made me. How few people I knew were getting up and doing what they loved all day long. It’s almost a defiant act all in itself, to follow your bliss instead of doing that compromised responsible thing.”

CATHERINE’S BIO

Catherine Ryan Hyde is author of 30+ book, the best known of which is Pay It Forward that was made into a Hollywood movie. She is President of the Pay It Forward Foundation, their work focuses on providing copies of the Pay It Forward Young Readers Edition for use by teachers and other educators.

WHY CATHERINE WAS INTERVIEWED

I was explaining the term Pay It Forward to a maverick I was interviewing and after the interview wanted to send him a trailer of the movie and came across the Pay It Forward Foundation. When I contacted them they connected me with Catherine and she loved the idea of the project. Catherine is kind, honest, true to herself and inspirational.

HOW ARE CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION RELATED TO BEING A MAVERICK?

“I think it must be. I think the thing you learn about creativity is to be there when it calls. Not so much what it is or how to make it work but just, I mean I can’t really explain electricity to you either and I can’t see it but I know to flip the switch when I want it to come on. And I’m not saying creativity can be worked like a switch, I’m just saying there are things you know about it and then things you don’t. But I do think that not being a maverick, that sort of toeing a line is anti-creativity. I think to me when people write and it kind of misses, people are writing something and it kind of misses, it misses me anyway. I get the distinct impression that it was written between their left and right ear and they really kind of constructed this in their brain, and I think that’s what we’re encouraged to do. We’re encouraged to just take control of the situation and bring our human resources to it. And so I think that there’s a place to really dip into creativity you have to get outside of what they tell us to do. Innovation is synonymous, because innovation has to be something that isn’t what everybody’s been doing all along. So it’s pretty hard to toe the party line while doing something that nobody’s ever thought to try.”

IS THERE ANYONE WHO’S A MAVERICK THAT INSPIRES YOU?

Laverne Cox the transgender actress.

KEY LEARN FROM INTERVIEW

Preaching the Pay It Forward philosophy = Living the Pay It Forward philosophy.

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