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Weighing the Risk: Be Open to the Outcome, Not Attached to It

Embrace the unexpected

The proper way to start a project is to expect that it will probably not turn out exactly as planned.

Embrace the unexpected. Soldier on without necessarily having a clear view of the finish line.

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Embrace the unexpected

The proper way to start a project is to expect that it will probably not turn out exactly as planned.

Embrace the unexpected. Soldier on without necessarily having a clear view of the finish line.

Obstacles define your path

Nothing inspires solutions more than obstacles. Obstacles frame the problem and define the path.

Risk and uncertainty are key ingredients of the process. Without it, you can only hope for stale approaches, rehashed concepts and minute improvements to another's ideas.

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Be specific about the form your wish should take.

For example: If a "better work-life balance" is your wish, your outcome  could be “No work on weekends."

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