The only way to get ahead is to do what others will not.
If you’re in a job and you’re wondering why it takes so long to get a promotion, wonder no longer. Everyone has a job. Everyone is working 9 to 5. Everyone follows the rules. Never mind if you’re in a huge company– then there really are a million people who all act the same, and tell you what is ok and what isn’t. And you believe them and follow their lead, so of course no one gets anywhere.
Work in a small company, and it’s easier. Work in no company whatsoever, and it’s easier still.
Do what others are not willing to do. Go further than them. Take crazier risks than they are willing to take.
This quote, by the Spanish poet Antonio Machado, punched me in the face when I heard it:
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