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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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Fortunately, success is not a monarchy

In a monarch society the ruling faction is determined by bloodline. But beyond the royal palace, success is impartial. The crown of great accomplishments can be claimed by the hardworking, innovative, and resourceful individual — whatever their background or bloodline.

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The Liberty Bell – Free yourself from the norm

Ah, the bell curve. There are few better mathematical representations of mediocrity. The most obvious message? The majority performs at roughly the same level.

Thus, the norm is the majority. So if you truly want extraordinary results you need to free yourself from ‘the norm.’

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Questions are shepherds of the mind

Change the question you ask yourself and it immediately changes your subsequent thoughts — as well as your feelings. It’s no surprise then, that the greatest innovators, leaders, teachers, and students are excellent mental shepherds… they have made a habit of asking excellent questions.

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Ideas can’t grow in captivity

To protect ourselves from possible embarrassment, ridicule, or judgement, we often live life with a psychological lampshade. We hide our most audacious, crazy (and often most important) ideas from the world. But ideas can’t materialize when held captive in our minds. In fact, ideas multiply in value when they are freed, shared, talked about, and tested.

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Now hiring (only) intrapreneurs

A lot has changed in the workplace and businesses no longer want ‘drone employees’ with a “go to the fridge and get the cheese” mentality. Enter the intrapreneur: A person who works within an organization, but thinks and acts like an entrepreneur. The truth is, all of the great jobs from this day forward will be filled by intrapreneurs, not employees. These are individuals who look at themselves and problem solvers, not clock punchers. They are hard-working, resourceful, frugal, big-picture minded, and team oriented.

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Failure is cross-training

We should be optimistic in viewing our setbacks as preparation for future circumstances and opportunities that we cannot yet foresee.

In doing so, failure becomes cross training.

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The shape of balance

One’s dream life may not look the same to you, me, or society. And that’s okay – as long as the greater good benefits in some way too. I look at it this way: True balance is found when one’s lifestyle is both fulfilling and sustainable.

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