8Seize:Make the Journey Part ofthe (Surprising) Destination

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance—and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

—Oprah Winfrey

Chapter Eight Key Messages

1. Looking back, we see that every step was in the right direction.

2. Humility is the door to “predictable surprise.”

3. Clarity of purpose is the ever-present guidepost.

4. “Telescoping” keeps us agile and adaptive.

It was never my intention to write a book about the “zen” of leapfrogging. But one thing continually struck me during my research for this book. Most of the people I spoke with saw their breakthrough success as resulting from literally everything that they had ...

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