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CHAPTER SEVENimageMorph Early and Often

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GIFFORD PINCHOT III, author of the business classic Intrapreneuring and my mentor on entrepreneurship, has a dictum he’s long sought to impress upon me: “Faster learning beats better planning.” Waving this banner, he has encouraged hundreds of would-be entrepreneurs to jump into the game, make mistakes, stay light on their feet, learn from their mistakes, try again, make more mistakes, shift again—and, over time, blunder their way to success.

It’s not that he’s opposed to planning (although sometimes I wonder!); ...

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