We know the term “Maverick” to mean free-spirit, unorthodox thinker, rule-breaker.
But most people do not know the origin of the term. Here’s that story…
So, somebody owed old Samuel Maverick some money, and to square up the debt, he gave Maverick some cattle, which, actually, Samuel had little use for. But he made a very smart move. He released them, and let them roam around, free and unbranded.
Well, everybody else branded their cattle, so that others would know who owned them, but Maverick didn’t. People thought he was a fool, letting his cattle wander around, unbranded. They were confused, upset, and they mocked him.
But then, because most everybody else branded their cattle, Maverick announced that any cattle found unbranded anywhere in southern Texas belonged to him. Over time, when any cattle showed up unbranded, people said “It’s Maverick’s.” Maverick eventually sold his herd (which, of course, had grown enormously), and the word maverick became widely used throughout the West to describe any unbranded cattle, roaming free.
Nowadays, a Maverick is any person who is “unbranded”, a free spirit, unorthodox thinker, one who makes his or her own rules.
And that is the Origin Story of my own practice. Way back in college, an English professor, Dr. Wallace Mauer, told me I was a maverick, and I have to say, these many years later, I agree with him. And I tend to attract clients who are not satisfied living life according to somebody else’s rules and values. If you are looking for Counseling or Coaching, have a look at my web site and Psychology Today profile, and see if you find anything of interest.
Thanks for reading…