“A note of warning to those meaning to hold me down: if you feel as if you’ve really gotten one over on me, immediately shift from satisfaction to paranoia; the reality is that I’m almost certainly mere minutes away from executing my daring escape.”—
“The test of first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.”—
Those slides were shared back to back by Don Miller, one of the speakers at World Domination Summit, which I attended in Portland, Ore. this weekend.
It’s so easy to attach self-worth to success and failure, like so many grades on a report card. For an entrepreneur, this is a terrible idea. Entrepreneurs can do their best work and receive 9 Fs for every A, if they’re lucky. And unlike a class, in being an entrepreneur you’re most likely to learn far more from your failures than your successes.
Success can breed complacency: why improve, when your best or something close was clearly good enough? Failure leads to review, refinement, reconsideration.
I’ve done a lot of reviewing and reconsidering lately, and there’s quite obviously a lot more on the way.
This weekend has brought me some peace. It’s refreshing to see others striving with great gladness, chasing projects of passion with zeal. It’s refreshing to see others so ready to knock themselves out, dust themselves off and go again. It’s refreshing to not be alone, to be somewhere where this is the norm and not the exception.
The secret to World Domination could not be simpler. The secret is, quite simply, to try, and then to not ever stop.