- January 29, 2021
- Posted by: Stephen Webb
- Category: Being The Bad Guy For Good Reasons
Something that’s helped me succeed in leadership (which I realize is a relative statement) is this:
I believe in who other people don’t believe in.
This isn’t the same as shorting stocks or betting on a bad horse just in hopes of hitting it big.
And it’s not that I don’t see the same things the unbelievers see.
I see that someone is goofy.
I see that someone is abrasive.
I see that someone is inexperienced.
I see that someone lacks intelligence.
I see that someone is insecure and timid.
I believe their goofiness can be the shield against them becoming common.
I believe their abrasiveness can be a tool waiting to be sharpened for surgical impact.
I believe their inexperience is a blank canvas to paint potential.
I believe their lack of intelligence is a the starting point for bold action.
I believe their insecurity can become the necessary camouflage to shoot hard-to-reach targets like a sniper.
Jiujitsu is a quiet art of leveraging the enemy’s strength for your own victory. It’s twisting the punch coming at you.
Give me rejects all day.
Give me “obvious nobody” all day.
Give me “not sure about them” all day.
Give me “we already tried that” all day.
Marc Andreesen (a founding father of the Internet) has an epic Tweet that speaks to this:
“To do original work: It’s not necessary to know something nobody else knows. It is necessary to believe something few other people believe.” A-freaking-men!
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