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"A mind lively and at ease" is a blog by a first-generation Russian-Ukrainian immigrant Maria K. (Maria Igorevna Kuroshchepova). An engineer by education, an analyst by trade, as well as a writer, photographer, artist and amateur model, Maria brings her talent for weaving an engaging narrative to stories of life, fashion and style advice, book and movie reviews, and common-sense and to-the-point essays on politics and economy.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

How To Be A Failure - from "The Big Moo"

The Big Moo edited by Seth Godin is best described as the book about innovation. While not everything in it applies to everyone, there are tons of great thoughts and fantastic ideas. Besides, some of it is just... plain... hilarious. When I read this chapter, I immediately felt compelled to share.


1. Keep secrets.
2. Be certain you're right and ignore those who disagree with you.
3. Set aggressive deadlines for others to get buy in - then change them when they aren't met.
4. Resist testing your theories
5. Focus more on what other people think and less on whether your idea is as good as it could be.
6. Assume that a critical mass must embrace your idea for it to work.
7. Choose an idea where number 6 is a requirement.
8. Realize that people who don't instantly get your idea are bullheaded, shortsighted, or even stupid.
9. Don't bother to dramatically increase the quality of your presentation style.
10. Insist that you've got to go straight to the president of the organization to get something done.
11. Always go for the big win

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