Enough of the excuses, dear leaders, let’s get a move on

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Enough of the excuses, dear leaders, let’s get a move on

Standing still makes you an easy target for enemies, economic or political. Eventually you will be overrun

Mark Barnes

The pursuit of popularity is futile. If you set out with the sole purpose of becoming popular, whatever that takes, you’ll disappoint yourself, for sure – either by failing to get there or by hating the person you had to become. If you win by not being who you are, get ready for a lonely life as the most popular fraud in the room. It must take unbearable vigilance to pretend every day. That’s not power, that’s prison.

It used to be that evidence of the action preceded the identity of the individual. We first watched sports, saw buildings go up, saw the products of effort and the results of actions that defined and separated the winning teams, strategies and companies, then we made choices. How was that new Lions player who scored the two tries in the dying minutes of the game?! What’s-his-name – they’ll come looking for him soon enough.

Groundbreaking changes and advances in business and society generally are not made after seeking approval, after covering all of the bases, after making sure. They’re made precisely because they require taking risk, outside of the tried and tested, in search of improvement and discovery...

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