Listen To The Person More Than The Message

We may disagree, but, if we can do so intelligently and compassionately, there is room for you in my life. Not everyone who disagrees with us is against us. In fact, some people actually disagree with us because they care about us and want to see us learn, grow, and open ourselves up to a…

From Idea to Community

At the heart of every great idea is a spirit of generosity. If we are honest with ourselves, our best ideas have not originated from our intellect. Instead, they formed and grew from some feeling or need deep inside of us, perhaps even simply a hunch. Our best ideas, therefore, having not come from our…

Ideas Exist (With or Without Support)

If you have an idea and it gets shot down by those around you, you may not have supporters, but you still have an idea. The world is waiting for us to improve it, but there will always be resistance to change. When an idea is new, different, or disruptive, support is especially difficult to…

The Problem With Solving Problems

“The best businesses come from peoples’ bad personal experiences. If you just keep your eyes open, you’re going to find something that frustrates you and then you think, ‘Well, I can maybe do it better than it’s being done and there you have a business. if you can improve people‘s lives, you have a business.”…

Persisting Through Doubt

Radical ideas are unpopular at first and require from us an irrational degree of belief and an unreasonable amount of dedication. If we are going to do work that is creative, innovative, and meaningful, we must look past the opinions and preferences of the crowd. We must focus in on what they are missing, trusting…