The Slip

It’s progressive and accelerating. It starts with small compromises and accommodations. It seems justifiable. We make small adjustments for convenience sake. There is a slight trade-off on quality, or precision, or performance, but the added convenience is worth the risk. Our footing is compromised. We are dripping water on the track. Gently, imperceptibly, we get […]

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Tackling big challenges

It’s similar to American Football or Rugby. You can tackle the biggest guy on the team using superior strategy (targeting weaknesses and vulnerabilities) or you can tackle him with a buddy. Many of the challenges we face are systemic and historic. Many have tried and failed over the years to resolve or improve the situation. […]

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Setbacks

The worst thing about setbacks is not that it happens, but that we don’t plan for it. It hurts the most when we are caught off guard. When we don’t expect it or when we never even considered it to begin with. Risk management is easy when we know the quantity and the probability of […]

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Turning Corners

The principles remain the same. Brake into the corner, accelerate out of it. Hit the apex. Successfully executing these repeatable activities ensures the fastest navigation of the corner. If it’s a corner we’ve never been around before, even though we know the principles, chances are we won’t execute it perfectly. We need to figure out […]

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Snowball effect

It starts with something insignificant. Clumping together white stuff in seemingly endless supply. Little by little, we add mass as we diligently keep at it all the while increasing the potential energy. (mass x height). Finally, when this ball is too big to move, we just roll in down the hill. This point of critical […]

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