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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Quotebook: Speaking the Last 10 Percent

“Sometimes love must be bold. Bold enough to say things to one another that we usually lack the courage to say. Bill Hybels calls it ‘saying the last 10 percent.’ We will usually say 90 percent of the encouraging words, or 90 percent of the hard-to-hear words of truth, but we usually hold back from the last 10 percent. But that last 10 percent is the part that often makes the most difference.” John Burke, Soul Revolution: How Imperfect People Become All God Intended

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10 of My Favorite Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

I’ve had a plaque on my office wall for many years. It features a picture taken at Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. It also has a button that when pushed starts the speech. I love the sound of it and the words that he spoke (and I love the expression on the faces of visitors to my office when they push the button). If you can’t see (or hear) the video, you can click here to hear it.

Here are 10 of my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quotes:

  1. “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”
  2. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
  3. “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
  4. “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
  5. “No one really knows why they are alive until they know what they’d die for.”
  6. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
  7. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”
  8. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
  9. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  10. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

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Bill Taylor on The Risk of Playing It Safe

playing-it-safe“Your first job as a leader or a change agent, is to convince your colleagues (and maybe even yourselves) that playing it safe may be the riskiest course of all. Change begins to happen when people finally conclude that the risk of trying something new is less than the cost of what’s worked in the past.” Bill Taylor (author of Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Things in Extraordinary Ways)

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