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20/20: 20 Great Lists by 20 Outstanding Business Thinkers by Diana Renner, Steven D’Souza

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1.FOOLISHNESS AND PLAY

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

William Shakespeare

To make decisions when we don’t know the answer is surely foolish, yet sometimes we have to act the Fool. In Tarot cards, the Fool is traditionally depicted as being someone who is walking towards the edge of a cliff, and is about to step off. He carries a bag with all the possessions that he might need for the journey. He holds a flower, representing an appreciation of beauty, and a staff, a reliable tool for the journey. He faces northwest – the direction of the unknown.

The Fool is an archetype that represents all possibility and therefore it is an image for fluidity and flexibility. The Fool is restless but wise and he ...

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