So I’ma play my guitar
Rap about aliens and sing about stars
Till you understand that’s what we are
B.o.B. (Generation Lost ♦ Who The F#*k Is B.o.B.?)
Takeaway 161: Innovation. You are alone with an idea and certain that your oddity must be doomed for epic failure. This is the point at which your gem can achieve returns beyond the required cost of capital. You are alien, but recognize that your unique competitive and advantage is a solitary viewpoint that also makes you a star.
The leisure-read on what innovation and the learning-curve looks like in hip-hop: Digging in the Crates
…My style’s all over the place, disease contagious
And treacherous (what?) like Mussolini (uh-huh)
but cooler than Fonzarelli eating fussilli
With roots in hip-hop going back to Whodini…
Del the Funky Homosapien ♦ Time is Too Expensive
Takeaway #193: Innovate your approach but do it with recognition of your mission statement/history/core competence. You need to but curves (fussilli/corkscrew) into the thought process to generate the value behind creative destruction. But the process does not have value unless it can be placed in the context of “roots”/mission statement/core competence.
…It’s a thin line between the genius and the lunatic
Student the of science and the slave to the crucifix…
Elemental Zazen ♦ Disappear
Takeaway 112: There is that balance of risk and reward that needs to be assessed. Is it crazy-talk or the most innovative approach that the organization has seen? You need to crunch the numbers, but also have the courage to take the leap of faith. Otherwise, put on your lemming suit and remain wed to your W-2.
*** You can either turn square or keep the mind of a rebel
some uppity living good some faced with death in the ghetto ***
Mack 10 ♦ Based on a True Story
The entrepreneur is king. Those stuck thinking square-cubed thoughts, i.e. in-the-box thinking are stuck with linear, arithmetic growth –2-4-6. It is the “rebel” path that leads to geometric growth 2-4-8, outside-the-box thinking and the good life rewards that go with that. I love Mack’s notion of “square.” In one sense it is being a goody-two-shoe. In another since it is literally the creation of bounded-thought. A square literally forces you to stay in the 4 corners. You are boxed in and are encouraged not to use the space outside of the lines. The high-risk, high-reward scenario by definition can only be found outside of the box. You have to do your work outside of the boundary lines.
When you color outside of the lines there are no limits to the expression or the nature of growth and creativity. If you like boxes, you can draw a bigger box over encapsulating the small square. Hell you don’t even have to stay on the paper. No matter what, you can’t get an growth bigger than 1 square box by 1 square box staying inside the lines. The geometric growth requires breaking through.
COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES
GROW GEOMETRICALLY NOT ARITHMETICALLY