I love the bravery of a leader. Take the road less, or rather, not traveled. Make your own path. Many of the greats did it! Elvis, Beastie Boys, Neil Armstrong, Albert Einstein... It's the passion to do what you love in the face of ridicule and opposition, and then keep doing it and loving it, doesn't matter who's watching. I stumbled upon a great animation blog of an animator who fits this "leader" category. The Blog is called John K Stuff. John Kricfalusi is the creator of Ren and Stimpy. This blog is a wonderous goldmine of animation information and resources. If at all interested in art or animation, this is a must! Amazing!