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Bring Your Personal Touch to Known Strategies

A strategy should never be followed as a copy of what's worked in the past. It should have a personal component of awareness designed into it.

It's common for us when we're inexperienced in a field to search through past narratives. Instead of using the wisdom to better think about our own situation, we try to use the information rigidly to guide what we do as if it's the only way.

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