Coordination beats brute strength

Go watch a tug-of-war competition. It’s not the biggest and strongest team that wins. It’s the team that pulls together, on the same count, in rhythm. Coordination beats brute strength.

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If you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain

Dolly Parton said this. What she meant was that if you want glory, fame and riches, you need to go through fire. You need to work hard, be embarrassed, lose money. No risk, no reward.

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13 things bad leaders do

Secret meetings. If someone asks you to keep a secret she is not a leader. Avoid conflict. It’s easy to avoid the hard conversations and rather tell the other person what they want to hear, or avoid the meeting altogether. Don’t fire nice people. It’s easy firing assholes, much harder firing people that are kind…

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Success is a mask that eats your face

When you make it in life, you’ll find yourself putting on a different mask for different crowds. You have to act in a manner appropriate to success. That’s just how life is. Just be careful you don’t where that mask too much. If you spend all your time acting, you’ll find you forget who you…

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Don’t send angry emails

Just received an email that makes you blood boil? Drafted a cutting response to put the fool sender in his place? Ready to push the send button, cc’ing all? Don’t do it. Don’t send angry emails. What has been sent cannot be unsent. The only upside is your ego is proven right. The downside is…

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Never assume someone is angry because of you

Beware “Othello’s error”: Assuming someone’s emotion is aimed at you. If the other guy is angry, the tendency is to assume he is angry because of you. So you fret and stress and think what you’ve done wrong. Meanwhile you’ve done nothing wrong. His anger has nothing to do with you. Rather avoid unnecessary angst…

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Bad guys don’t walk around with horns on their heads

Fools don’t walk around with a clown hat. People don’t advertise their flaws. People learn to disguise their shortcomings. So don’t expect to see a conman wearing prison clothes. He’ll be better dressed than the most respectable person on earth. Bad guys don’t walk around with horns on their heads.

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Beware what you want to believe

It’s easier to believe the most outlandish lie that confirms what you want to believe, than the most plausible truth that denies it. So be careful fixing on beliefs. Rather keep an open mind. That way when you hear a lie, you’ll spot it. And when you hear a truth, you’ll believe it. Beware what…

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Its not your fight

There are plenty problems out there. Plenty injustice. If you try to get involved in every unfair situation, you’ll fritter your energy away. If it’s not your company, it’s not your problem.

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You can’t have an adversary without being one

Feel like someone is out to get you? Remember: you can’t have an adversary without being one. If you don’t want the fight, then choose not to see the other person as an enemy. Life is too short for fighting. Save your energy for making stuff.

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What are you afraid of?

Afraid of disappointing your parents? Afraid of what people say about you? Afraid of losing money? Afraid of failure? Your fears are your Achilles heel. If you can’t overcome them, they will drive your insecurities, and create a brittle shell of arrogance. You must overcome your fears. How do you do that? Simple: Go into…

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Always chase humility

Humility makes it easier for people to give you feedback. Humility makes it easier to learn stuff. Humility makes you approach the world with a mindset of “I know nothing”, rather than “I know everything.” Arrogance is the opposite of humility. Arrogance rejects honesty. Arrogance rejects learning. Arrogance engenders enemies. Arrogance comes from insecurity. From…

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