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Where this definition of cool—iconoclastic, legitimate, and bounded—runs into trouble for me is the concept of success. Some people who break rules but don't achieve success are seen as losers or failures. For others in the business world—Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Mark Zuckerberg—it's precisely their thrilling success more than their "bounded" "autonomy" that's the real source of their coolness. They accomplished something. Warren and Campbell could argue that the real source of these CEOs' cool factor is that they confront pre-existing norms. But every business confronts norms: You're either creating market share or you're stealing it. Autonomy is cool. But so is power and money, even when it creates or supports norms that iconoclasts want to destroy. - Toward a Universal Theory of 'Cool'

Perhaps the more interesting perspective is that of the poet in me toward the novelist. Courteous and cautious, the poet is something of a gentleman in his behavior toward the fiction writer. He tends to be deferential, even encouraging. The fiction writer could be equally successful if he just tried a little harder. The fiction writer, on the other hand, never wanted anything to do with the poet. His sole ambition was conquest and domination. - Poet vs. Novelist

No amount of market research, lean startup customer development, or data mining will show us what will be possible two steps forward. This is the rarified realm of true visionaries, a realm with dreams that are multiple orders of magnitude beyond what most of us can comprehend. Self-proclaimed visionaries who can’t imagine anything greater than mailing things in a box need not apply. - How Visionaries See the Future