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Why Seeking the Tribe Will Destroy You

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. [Mark Twain] The thing about writing, building, inventing, designing, or creating (essentially anything that requires leadership) is this: it’s not safe. Not only do you expose yourself to the dangers of a foreign environment (leadership by its nature takes the unknown path), but you expose yourself to the...

fear

“Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain.” [Emerson] Or maybe not. Maybe that fear never dies. Action quells fear because it changes our focus. Instead of experiencing the terror of a hypothetical, negative future, action requires your mind to focus on the present circumstance. Action shifts our brain from theorizing to creating; from fantasy to tangible...

don’t be a commodity

People complain about blue collar workers being out of work (they are), or finding a way to bring manufacturing back (you can’t), or some other way to revitalize our 20th century view of the middle-class. Sorry, it’s gone.  It’s not coming back. In a crowded marketplace, fitting in is failing.  In a busy marketplace, not standing out is the same as being invisible. – Seth Godin...

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