Thursday, May 12, 2011

On Big Ideas

I don't know about you, but this has been quite the week. In my opinion this week can go back from whence it came. So, to keep my own mental state where it needs to be, I started re-reading "Ignore Everybody" by Hugh MacLeod and this quote jumped out at me, just like it does every time I crack open this book (it helps that I've highlighted it).

A big idea will change you. Your friends may love you, but they may not want you to change. If you change, then their dynamic with you also changes.

With business colleagues it's even worse. They're used to dealing with you in a certain way. They're used to having a certain level of control over the relationship. And they want whatever makes them more prosperous. Sure, they might prefer if you prosper as well, but that's not their top priority.

Good ideas alter the power balance in relationships. That is why good ideas are always initially resisted. Good ideas come with a heavy burden, which is why so few people execute them. So few people can handle it. 

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