The euphoria of continually going back to the well and finding it full is, in my mind, short-lived and dangerous. No matter what your business, if your dreamy current sales projections are based predominantly -- or entirely -- on what you've produced before, you are in for a rude awakening.
Great employees/team members have to take a make-or-break initiative. One has to upset the apple cart, break a few eggs, shatter a few egos, shift a few paradigms and risk it all. There are no great advances accomplished in perfect harmony. A successful Pain-In-The-Ass is tomorrow's leader.
Cirque du Soleil
No matter what the game, or the project, saying "Yes" maintains your presence in it. Saying "No" shuts you out, and shuts things down. "Yes" keeps you alive, even if you have no idea where you're going. Either you figure things out along the way, or things blow up in your face.
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In the space of a week, 30 years of Cirque du Soleil shine crumbled into rusty tarnish. The lesson this week then was a chilling one, especially to a guy who also runs a worldwide entertainment event 30 years old. Put simply: History is irrelevant. Kill your past. Yesterday is meaningless.
The ominous four-word warning is a familiar one to anybody who ever had a mother. "Don't talk to strangers." But the problem with strangers is not that they are strangers; the problem is if they remain strangers. Sorry, mom.