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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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This is the role of a linchpin

The greatest influencers appreciate reality as it stands today AND the ability they have to change it. These two aspects make them invaluable to the fate of their community, team, business, family, and their world.

Linchpins are those who play an invaluable role in the relationship of the ideal and the real. They not only help bridge this gap, they literally are the bridge.

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Beware of the herd

On one hand, rules and norms create social cohesion and order, but on the other, they breed conformity and complacency. Most social norms and rules were created with a purpose, but relevance is never permanent.

Don’t choose conformity and compliance over creativity because you’ll most likely end up somewhere (and someone) you don’t want to be. Let your intuition and creative inclinations be heard before you become part of the herd.

Linchpin Territory Kent Healy
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Linchpin Territory

Being a linchpin means being an integral part of what it takes to accomplish an objective. Without a linchpin involved in the process things start to fall apart. As a result, they are irreplaceable, invaluable, and indispensable.

But being a linchpin means much more than having only the ability to execute with passion. Yes, executors are important, and often rare, but not usually irreplaceable. A linchpin, on the other hand, brings an amalgamation of skills that introduce purpose to action, inspiration to intimidating goals, and coherence to a confusing landscape of variables.

Where these various traits intersect is where linchpins reside. And it’s the overlapping of these traits that generates exponential and invaluable results.

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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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Innovators are collaborators not corroborators

We rely on innovation to address challenges and to make our lives more enjoyable. But innovation decreases and eventually ceases when change agents (that’s you): Become bystanders Decide to hoard their ideas The world is in need of anxious thinkers (not onlookers) who stimulate ideas through providing and sharing ideas. When people relieve themselves of…

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Imagination is more important than knowledge

Ideas in the creative economy are extremely valuable commodities. More than ever before, the world relies on human creativity to solve the many problems we have created, combat the threats of nature, refine elements of function and style, and simply make life more enjoyable.  What is the source of ideas? Imagination. Einstein once said: “Imagination…

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