Simon Sinek on Goals

“The goal is not to be perfect by the end, the goal is to be better today.” Simon Sinek

This is a great way to think about your preferred future and the milestones along the way. Keeping one eye on the preferred future and the other on the next milestone propels you in the right direction. Identifying “the one thing you can do today such that by doing it everything else becomes easier or unnecessary”* will enable you to “be better” today and continue moving in the direction of your next milestone.

*The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

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Peter Thiel on Best Practices and Dead Ends

“Today’s Best Practices lead down dead ends; the best paths are new and untried” Peter Thiel, Zero to One

Sometimes we are on a hunt for best practices. The truth is, a best practice can take you quickly to the best way a particular thing can be done. Thiel’s point is that there are times when what you need is not the best way to do what you are already doing. What you need to develop is a way of doing something you have not yet tried. And that requires a new and untried path.

Note: The HOST strategy and the Small Group Connection are examples of new and untried paths.

Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He started PayPal in 1998, made the first outside investment in Facebook, and provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, and dozens of other successful technology startups. He also is a partner at Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has funded companies like SpaceX and Airbnb.

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