Innovation is About Reading Between the Lines

To be average is to see what exists. To innovate, create, and be above average is to see in between what exists, to what could be. Example of seeing in between: people use social media to connect, and people call taxis to get rides. What if the two were combined, and people used social media to get rides? That was the basis of Zimride, the original ridesharing service that later morphed into Lyft. Acquired FM…

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Life is Better the More It’s Your Fault

"God said, take what you want and pay for it." -- Ayn Rand (or, a Spanish proverb) The above is one of my favorite quotes. It embodies two of my favorite principles in life: freedom and responsibility. Freedom, to take the things you want -- blatantly, liberally, unabashedly. Responsibility, to bear the consequences of those actions -- competently, evenly, calculatedly. Everything in life has a cost. We don't always know what it is, and sometimes…

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Imprecise Metaphors and Their Benefit for Your Thinking

David Perell wrote a fantastic blog post on the importance (or lack thereof) in the accuracy of maps. Side note -- if you don't follow David Perell, you should. In a similar vein, I want to talk about the importance (or lack thereof) in the precision of one's metaphors. This is not an argument against being precise. It is not permission for ceasing to care about choosing the right metaphor. This IS an argument that…

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The Oedipus Principle: Don’t Run from Your Fears

"Fear of getting hurt, ironically, increases your risk of getting hurt." -- Ed Latimore In the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, the play's eponymous hero, Oedipus, was born to the king and queen of Thebes. At his birth, a prophecy was given -- that Oedipus would one day kill his father and marry his mother. The king and queen were horrified. Such a child could not be allowed to live, so they gave him to a…

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