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Any Child Can Poke Holes in a Balloon

It doesn’t take much to be the guy in the room who says no to everything.

It’s not hard work to identify the general excitement behind a new idea or the momentum of a new direction and call out all the possible ways it could fail. Anybody can do that.

Any three year old kid with a tantrum can knock down a sand castle. All it takes is brute strength mixed with a little jealousy or fear. But it takes a special child to have had the creativity to imagine it, the initiative to collect the wet sand from the shore and the vision to have made with her hands what she saw in her heart.

When working in teams with others, remember this. Fear may appear as wisdom or prudence when cloaked in a nice suit sitting across a conference table, but usually it’s just a kid poking a hole in your balloon because he’s mad he hasn’t got one.

So, what do you?
Do it anyways.

And next time, know better than to ask for permission.


Your Fellow Misfit,


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