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Make a habit of questioning the answers

After a decade spent observing human behavior I’ve noticed some patterns that have led to a surprisingly simple theory of mine: The sources of our greatest problems are two fold: One, a lack of information and two, perhaps most importantly, a plethora of wrong information. Accordingly, we can divide the majority of the population into two camps:

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There is a reason why you don’t see Batman suit up…

It’s not sexy. It’s not glamorous. And it’s not fun so it’s often cut from the narrative.

But behind every success story is a arduous journey of preparation, of mistake-making, of embarrassment, and of pain — a side of the glamorous end result we seldom hear about or see.

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Be willing to work or be willing to be worked

Both the hammer and the nail appear on the job site, but one is at the mercy of the other. One is hammering and one is getting hammered. Technically speaking, this isn’t always negative. After all, nails are needed to build structures — but nails are rarely Mavericks. Why? …

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Live in permanent beta

“For entrepreneurs, finished is an F-word,” say Ben and Reid. “Great companies are always evolving. Finished ought to be an F-word for all of us. We are all works in progress. Each day presents an opportunity to learn more, do more, be more, grow more in our lives and careers. You will need to adapt and evolve forever — that’s permanent beta.”

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There are rules and there are rules that change the rules

Innovation and progress requires testing the rules and assumptions that most people believe are inescapable and unchangeable. And in the process, new perspectives often present new approaches that change the way the rules effect our lives.

For instance, we all know gravity is a very real thing. But while many people thought this meant it would be impossible for humans to fly, there were some Mavericks who decided to challenge that ‘rule.’

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Originality is the only antitdote to obscurity

Contrary to popular belief, ambitious individuals trying to make a name for themselves don’t suffer from a lack of resources. They suffer mainly from obscurity. And by definition, obscurity always increases at the norm. Why? Because “common” literally means widespread – it’s the peak of the bell curve; the home of the majority.

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Don’t let life pull you under – Live buoyantly

Life can be tough — there’s no doubt about it. Sometimes the seas are rough and the emotional baggage becomes increasingly heavy.

But it’s not brute strength we need to stay afloat, it’s a buoyant disposition — an inherent inclination to look for the best, remain lighthearted, and laugh when possible.

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