On success and the importance of positive deviance 

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Some situations in life are novel. I have never seen anything like them. But most, at least for me are not. Everything that happens is, in some way, by some measure, similar to something else that has happened. My life has patterns. There is a consistency of experience, challenges and opportunities, of situations and issues. Most of the time it is not my first time at the rodeo.

I haven’t always done the same thing. In similar situations, with similar resources and challenges, sometimes I have done better and sometimes I have done worse. There is a range of responses in what it means to be me. When I do what works better things go better. Sounds simple but in practice very hard to do. We often have a curious allegiance to failure. But I believe we all know more than what we give ourselves credit for. Our experience…

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