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Don’t play the game, change the game

Every so often an individual’s curiosity, frustration, and/or inspiration urges them to break tradition and challenge the status quo.  It’s not about appeasing a subjective moral duty. It’s a drive to encourage others to revisit assumptions to avoid complacency, groupthink, or mediocrity. Sometimes these individuals speak a language that the majority immediately understands and other…

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You can’t prove ‘new’

Outside of start-up ventures, we’re all, in a way, venture capitalists. We try to maintain a balance between analysis, prediction, and blind faith when deciding what to do and what to avoid – and then, of course, how diligently to do each. But the difference in people’s life paths is often determined by their own…

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Challenges offer disproportionate rewards

In every challenge there lies an antithetical reward – a large, often unintended, opportunity. Why?  One reason is because the majority opts to avoid confrontation.  Thus the obvious consequence is that fewer people follow through.  The not so obvious consequence is the disproportionate reward for the few who do. The reason is simple: Most people…

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