Friday, August 20, 2010

Simple Math

You have an idea. You're working with some people on it. You wonder if it'll become a hit. Or a dud.

It's a mystery, you say.

Time to do some simple math.

Good people + good idea = great chance for success.

Good people + bad idea = maybe you got a shot at pulling this off. But, for sure, it'll be a longshot.

Bad people + good idea = bad idea. (Sorry. Ideas, no matter how good, will always die at the hands of incompetent, egotistical, arrogant, power-hungry people. Think about Congress, or the Vatican, or Wall Street bankers if you want quick examples...)

Bad people + bad idea = (quoting an old Monty Python line here...) "Run away."

Memorize this lesson. There will be a test. In fact, many tests. Everyday for the rest of our lives.

Cheating's not allowed on this test. Honestly, cheating to win is impossible.

And as long as we're alive, we can't skip the test. It'll come in handy when grappling with our mysteries.

Group study is encouraged. Especially with really good people.

In the end, if the simple math of your idea adds up right, what's there to fear?

Nothing but a little mystery.


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1 comment:

  1. Perfect and to the point. Quite relevant for me these days....