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Failure is disruptive, not destructive

Everyone, at times, experiences results they don’t want. This, of course, is frustrating, but not ‘destructive.’ Destruction implies regression. Disruption, however, is only a digression. Although it may feel so, all is not lost in the face of failure. The pursuit of success, regardless of outcome, is always better than inaction. Failure not a waste…

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Nothing is created until something is destroyed

At first this maxim seems controversial, perhaps even destructive and unsustainable. But if applied to the immaterial, it makes perfect sense while offering a very pertinent lesson. Any new product, service, or business, is the result of replacing an old idea with a new one – replacing an old assumption with a new approach. Being…

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You need not be the originator to be an innovator

Struggling to dream up a great idea? Feel as though you’re not creative enough? Nonsense. More than anything else, creative block is a veil of unrealistic expectations about what is required to improve and progress. You need not reinvent the wheel when it already exists. Innovation still means improving upon the wheel or even finding…

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Uncertainty is a choice

People are obsessed with uncertainty… we shroud it in intrigue and talk about it as though the cause is otherworldly. But to a Maverick, uncertainty is hardly mystical. It’s the result of a choice. Uncertainty stems from a focus on things out of our control. Certainty comes as a result of focusing on things within…

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Steve Jobs on death, life, passion and progress

I started writing this post about Steve Jobs, one of the greatest Mavericks the world has ever seen and the magnificent life he led.  But no matter how I said it, I realized my own words could not offer justice to a man that has literally changed the world. So, who better to leave us…

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It does not take many words to speak the truth

Most people would like to live in a world of truth, but they abate the possibility by dodging honest and candid conversations with themselves and others. It’s much easier to perpetuate feel-good fantasies, false beliefs, and embellished facts than to confront reality. When commenting on discussions with US leaders, Indian Chief Josephof the Nez Perce…

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Deviate to create

Doing what we’ve always done leads to reproduction not creation. Developing something new and novel requires a new path, a new approach, and a new way of thinking… a departure from the established course. Not sure where to begin? Find the common path and venture in a different direction. Even the word Adventure, in essence,…

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Make every “bit” count

Nothing on this blog is tangible. It’s all, essentially, ideas bound in binary code – or intangible and digital “bits” of information.  This is quite remarkable considering our past reliance on atoms (tangible) to transfer and share data (paper, newspaper, books, magazines, etc.). In the information age, it’s important to recognize the value of a…

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One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men…

“…No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard The age of outsourcing is well upon us. But it doesn’t mean you and/or your position are next in line for replacement. Not long ago, a billboard in Silicon Valley read: “1,000,000 people can do your job.  What makes you so special?”…

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Chaos is contagious, but it’s not unavoidable

Some people lead very chaotic lives. Others live relatively peaceful lives. Circumstance may be an initial factor in determining the initial path, but it’s our consistent decisions and actions that either perpetuate or stifle drama. Life is not always in our control, but it’s not always out of our control either. The problem is that…

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The frame makes the painting

There is an multimillion-dollar industry built around framing pictures and paintings. We may not always be able to explain why, but most people will agree that a frame can make or break the artwork. And sometimes we don’t even know what is “best” until we see what is “bad.” Worse, however, is when we’re completely…

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