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Disrupt Yourself, With a New Introduction by Whitney Johnson

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Take the Right Risks

Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thoughts.

—Henry David Thoreau

You’re trying something new: you’ve made a lateral move, been promoted, or started a new job. You are confident that you can be successful, but so much is unfamiliar. It’s easy to become frustrated. Take a deep breath, and remember that at the beginning of this S-shaped growth curve, progress will be slow.

Very little is habitual at the low end of a learning curve. Considerable effort may seem to yield few results. Mapping new mental territory and creating new neuronal and electrochemical connections take time.1 But, as you practice, new neural networks are formed, and stimulating one neuron ...

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