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Human rocket fuel

While writing a speech several years ago and reflecting on my entrepreneurial endeavors I noticed something interesting… Not one of my businesses began with a cliché spurt of inspiration. They were birthed as a result of my frustrations and willingness to create a solution.

The rush of inspiration is fun, fast, and extremely powerful, but a BIG mistake too many could-be Mavericks make is waiting to be swept up by a Hollywood injection of divine inspiration. And wait they do.

Budding entrepreneurs often underestimate the power of converting feelings of desperation into fuel for new action. Not satisfied with a product, service, market void, or comment someone made about you? Do something about it.

I’ll even be so bold to say that I believe inspiration is fleeting. Desperation makes for a much better long-term fuel if you have a clear goal in mind.

But whether it be inspiration or desperation, I just hope you’ll jump on board and light the rocket. Your life – and the world – will be better for it.

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Your only obligation

Craving to creatively express myself in early 2011, I drew this image late one January night. Truth be told, it’s the very first image that inspired the new Maxims4Mavericks as a ‘visually nutritious’ blog.

I hope this image shows that originality can be simple. Expressing yourself, your desires, and your talents need not be a complicated process. Sometimes the journey of becoming a better version of yourself simply begins by looking in a new direction with a new pair of eyes. But whatever direction you look, be sure it’s your own. Creativity flourishes when the primary obligation we embrace is seeking to be oneself.

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Hello, my name is CEO

Should everyone start a business? Maybe not. Should everyone think and act like an entrepreneur? Absolutely. It’s not even a question of ‘should.’ it’s a must. This image is the theme of this century. Successful people are always their own CEO… they need not own their own business, but they are in charge of their own life. They don’t wait for others to direct their life. It means educating oneself, taking pride in performance, taking initiative, and taking responsibility.

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Creativity is risk backed by confidence

A creative idea appears to be remarkable, admirable and genius … when accepted by the group intended to benefit from it. But what about the innovative ideas that are rejected? They are laughed at, ridiculed, and condemned, as is the person who entrusted the world with the idea. For this reason, creative pursuits are not…

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Navigation is not intuition

We must be able to navigate through life – to chart points A and B and then voyage between them. But sometimes we need to know when and where to venture off the known path. The challenge comes when realizing that these enigmatic deviations display no conventional sign postings and appear without warning. While navigation…

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Invisibility is the worst failure

Invisibility is a choice… To say nothing, to try nothing, to be nothing. That is to be invisible. Invisibility is robbing the world of what should be public, shared, talked about, and built upon. Above all else, failure is hiding from fear, doubt, and embarrassment. Success then, is taking off the cloak of comfort and…

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What is probable is more than possible

Kids think in terms of what’s possible. Adults tend to think in terms of what is probable. Both approaches serve a purpose, but it’s possibility-thinking that creates the most impact and change. While kids think little about repercussions, their adult counterparts overemphasize them. In fear of being wrong or jeopardizing time and capital most ‘mature’…

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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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Start small if starting big means waiting

But… What if I have access to more resources tomorrow? What if I have better information tomorrow? What if a bigger opportunity comes tomorrow? Stop it. Opportunity cost is not the problem. Opportunity cost is completely irrelevant if you’re busy waiting idle. Big things don’t happen overnight so don’t wait for ‘this fateful night’ to…

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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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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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