Chapter 12. Vision

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.

—Andrew Carnegie

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.


You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

—Mark Twain

Have you ever been on a project or worked at a company that lacked vision? It simply lacked that compelling idea that drew everything together, and its absence resulted in a dearth of focused and directed effort. If you haven’t, you are lucky. If you have, you know the challenges that are faced by a project or company that meanders. It feels as if you are caught churning in the surf ...

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