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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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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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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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Adventure matters more than efficiency

Peak efficiency is an admirable goal. After all, who wants to squander time, energy, and other resources when such waste can be avoided? My personal quest for efficiency has served me well; allowing me to do more than I ever thought possible.  But I have learned that such a quest also requires a word of…

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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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A willingness to be wrong creates a Wright

The Wright brothers didn’t fly on their first attempt. They failed countless times before successfully gliding above the earth.  In fact, many of their attempts could be viewed as downright embarrassing. In their day, even the concept of human flight was blasphemy. It was enough to put their psychological condition on trial. But thank God…

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He who cares less, wins

This concept is counter-intuitive and perhaps even antagonistic to those deeply involved in the world of self-help and the devout fundamentalists of the law of attraction movement. However, at times, there is a clear advantage to being emotionally removed from attaining a specific outcome. This is especially true in times of negotiation where a request…

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Start with the ridiculous and work toward the reasonable

In the realm of negotiation, there is widely understood maxim: “He who proposes the first figure loses.” What is the reasoning behind this phrase? In fear of sounding ridiculous, the first person typically proposes what is (or might be near) a logical figure. What is not often understood is that all following conversations are framed…

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Common sense is a collection of prejudices

Albert Einstein was well known for bending conventional paradigms of thought. This served him well and made him one of the most innovative, forward-thinking men of all time. He once asserted, “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” Once again, Einstein proposes a thought-provoking idea. Ironically, common sense is both essential…

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The M4M ebook is finally here

After 4 years since the original Maxims for Mavericks book, I am finally releasing the new version with 95% new content. Best of all, I am giving the ebook away for FREE… at least for a while. – Get your FREE copy here: http://su.pr/7A5gvV As we are shift from an information economy to a creative…

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Leaders are emotional risk takers

Most attempts to avoid risk can be traced back to protecting one’s emotional state. There are numerous labels for negative feelings that could result from taking a risk: embarrassment, loss, pain, anger, jealousy, disappointment, loneliness, emptiness, insignificance, despair, and countless more. For many, these painful states of mind are enough to keep them in a…

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