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Spark for the Fire: How youthful thinking unlocks creativity by Ian Wharton

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5. LEARN FOREVER AND PLAY

“For the love of God, son, whatever you do, don’t be a lawyer.” – ALAN WHARTON (RETIRED LAWYER)

One of the most legendary blues guitarists was once asked, “How long did it take you to learn the guitar?”

He paused for a moment. Then smiled and replied, “I’ll let you know when I’ve learned.”

This chapter aims to show just how great an answer that was.

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In early 2012 I was invited to speak for the first time at a McKinsey & Company summit in Stockholm. McKinsey is a global management consulting firm that helps the world’s leading businesses, governments and institutions make lasting and substantial improvements in their performance. Their insights, which serve two-thirds of the Fortune 500, are kept unequalled ...

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